(Courtesy: Knox Co. Sheriff's Office)
HEISKELL, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The owner of a Heiskell home where hundreds of exotic animals were discovered in December pleaded guilty to charges of Illegal Possession of Exotic Wildlife and Illegal Possession of a Skunk on Friday, according to the Knox Co. Sheriff's Office.
Fifty-two year-old William Anthony Smith was given consecutive 11 month 29 day sentences for each charge. Kimberly Elaine Smith, 49, pleaded guilty to Cruelty to Animals and received a suspended sentence of 11 month 29 day probation.
Additionally, neither William Anthony or Kimberly Smith are allowed to have any animals during the probationary period and are subject to random checks by Animal Control.
The pair also agreed to surrender all of the animals seized from the house, 139 Water Road. More than a hundred animals, including a lynx in a cage in the back yard, a large monkey in a bird cage, multiple reptiles and snakes, dogs, cats, and a pony were found living in what were described as bad conditions, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Since they were seized on December 19, 2011, the animals have been cared for by Horse Haven, Tiger Haven, Rainforest Adventures, and Young-Williams Animal Center, the Sheriff's Office said.
The home has since been condemned.