4 horses rescued, owner charged with animal cruelty

Horses found by animal control officers, (Source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office).

Horses found by animal control officers, (Source: Sevier County Sheriff's Office).

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Sevierville man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after authorities say he left his 4 horses for weeks without food or water.

Sevier County Sheriff's Animal Control officers say they arrested, Michael Keith Lowe, of Sevierville, on Friday and charged him with Cruelty to Animals. Deputies say he went to Florida for several weeks and didn't make sure the horses had proper food and water.

According to neighbors, Lowe asked them to watch after the horses, but they called authorities in August because they were unable to afford feeding and taking care of them. Deputies have been looking for Lowe ever since, he returned to Sevier County on Friday when deputies arrested him.

The 4 horses were rescued by Horse Haven in Knoxville, and have been adopted out to new homes.

Lowe was booked into the Sevier County jail on a $2,000 bond.

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