UPDATE: Crimetracker: Six horses seized from East Knox County farm

KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Animal Control officers seized six horses from an East Knox County couple, and it's not the first time it's happened.

According to authorities, Linda Cowell and Barry Smith were arrested Wednesday afternoon for violation of probation.

Animal Control officers seized the horses from the couple's farm on the 2800 block of Voltz Lane because of injuries and poor conditions, according to authorities. The horses were taken to U.T. Animal Hospital for treatment.

Smith and Cowell were put on probation earlier this year on animal cruelty charges. Last year, KCSO Animal Control seized 35 horses from their farm.

Smith and Cowell relinquished ownership and Horse Haven took the horses and eventually adopted all of them out. The couple’s farm was also placed under quarantine by the Tennessee Department of Agricultural Division of Regulatory Services because Animal Control found the carcasses of two horses. Two horses had to be transported immediately to U.T. Animal Hospital because of injuries.

In January, 2013, Cowell and Smith pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and were given probation subject to random checks by Animal Control and to maintain all current horses in good condition.

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