Horse Haven takes in 6 abused horses from repeat offenders

Horse Haven takes in 6 abused horses from repeat offenders

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Horse Haven took in six abused horses from the East Knox County farm. Horse Haven took in six abused horses from the East Knox County farm.
"We see a lot of owners who think they are above the law and we have owners who have been put in jail and turn around and do the exact same thing a couple months later," said Horse Haven Executive Director Nina Margetson. "We see a lot of owners who think they are above the law and we have owners who have been put in jail and turn around and do the exact same thing a couple months later," said Horse Haven Executive Director Nina Margetson.
"These two that are here with us basically have given everything they have to keep their babies alive," Margetson said of the nursing mother horses. "These two that are here with us basically have given everything they have to keep their babies alive," Margetson said of the nursing mother horses.
In 2012, 35 horses were seized from the farm. In 2012, 35 horses were seized from the farm.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - On Thursday, 6 News got a first look at some of the horses seized from an East Knox County farm Wednesday.

This isn't the first time the owners have found themselves in hot water. 35 horses were seized from the same Voltz Lane property last year.

The farm owners, Linda Cowell and Barry Smith, have now been charged with violating their probation. They were released on bond Thursday.

Five of the horses were brought to Horse Haven of Tennessee just off Hardin Valley Road.

One pregnant horse had to be taken to UT Animal Hospital. Executive Director Nina Margetson said she was found in a stall filled with manure.

"It was in terrible condition with a low body score and looked like she was ready to give birth at any time," said Margetson.

The other five, three adult horses and two babies, were brought to Horse Haven. They all were in bad shape. Their ribs and hip bones were showing and all were severely malnourished.

The two mother horses are in the worst condition.

"These two that are here with us basically have given everything they have to keep their babies alive," said Margetson.

This isn't the first time these owner's horses have come through the gates of Horse Haven and they fear it won't be the last.

"We see a lot of owners who think they are above the law and we have owners who have been put in jail and turn around and do the exact same thing a couple months later," said Margetson.

During the last seizure, 35 horses were taken from the same farm.

"Three were taken to UT, where one initially died. Two had been placed. The other 33 were taken to Chilhowee Park," said Margetson.

These horses will remain at Horse Haven as evidence, at no charge to the county, until this case goes to court.

If the owners surrender them before then, Horse Haven will put them up for adoption.

The owners first court appearance is set for July 9.

If you would like to make a donation to the shelter to help rehabilitate these horses and others like them, visit the Horse Haven website.

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