Knox County horse rescue organization hit by overnight burglary

Knox County horse rescue organization hit by overnight burglary

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"Somebody taking that money is taking money straight out of the horse's mouth," says Cowsert. "Somebody taking that money is taking money straight out of the horse's mouth," says Cowsert.
Staff discovered the break-in at Horse Haven of Tennessee on Monday after cash and the organization's credit card had been taken. Staff discovered the break-in at Horse Haven of Tennessee on Monday after cash and the organization's credit card had been taken.
By CAMERON TAYLOR
6 News Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an overnight burglary at a local non-profit that helps rescued horses.Staff discovered the break-in at Horse Haven of Tennessee on Monday after cash and the organization's credit card had been taken.

The nonprofit says they're working with the Knox County Sheriff's Office, but at this point deputies do not have a suspect description.

Assistant Executive Director Sonja Cowsert describes the overnight burglary as heartbreaking.

"This is money that people give to us to do the work that we do to go for horse feed and veterinary expenses and for farrier expenses," says Cowsert. "For somebody to just take that, it's just wrong on so many different levels." 

Cowsert says the burglar broke open the locks of the gate. Several doors were also left open at the organization's office, tack shack, storage shed, and the school house building.

Burglars also broke in to the van used to transport miniature horse "Twinkie."


Besides digging through boxes in the van, Cowsert says burglars also did some very unusual things including leaving seatbelts buckled and turning magnetic logos on the van.

Coswert says the burglars did not hurt any of the animals, but she noticed that somebody threw a bale of alfalfa to the horses and donkeys which could cause colic.

Overall what concerns Cowsert the most is the money taken from the organization. Horse Haven relies on private donations and grants to help rescue and rehabilitate abused or neglected horses.

"Somebody taking that money is taking money straight out of the horse's mouth," says Cowsert.

Horse Haven staff weren't sure how much money was stolen. They tell 6 News they will be making a list of everything that was taken from the organization and turn it into the Knox County Sheriff's Office. 

Leaders with Horse Haven also say they will be stepping-up their security systems. "We've never had anybody break-in or steal anything or try to hurt our horses, so this is all brand new for us," said Cowsert. Cowsert says leaders plan on discussing possible upgrades later this week.

If you have any information please call the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (865) 215-2243.



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