Horse Haven needs your help with malnourished animals seized from Vista Farms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Chilhowee Park is a make-shift hospital for the horses being treated by Horse Haven and the Knox County Animal Control.

According to Horse Haven's Executive Director, they need your help in treating the malnourished animals.

But they ask for yo NOT GO TO CHILHOWEE PARK.

Nina Margetson, Executive Director of Horse Haven of Tennessee says, "Due to the sensitivity of this case and for the welfare of the horses, the public will have limited access to the fairgrounds.
The groups responsible for this rescue are Knox County Animal Control and Horse Haven of Tennessee. There are several ways you can help the horses."

1. Horse quality hay and financial donations are our biggest needs right now. To donate hay, please call (865) 609-4030 and financial donations can be made by mail to
HHT – P.O. Box 22841
Knoxville, TN 37933
the Horse Haven website

2. Donations can also be made to the State of Tennessee Equine Rescue Network (STERN)

Donations by cash or check can be made at any REGIONS BANK. Let them know it is a donation to “STERN”

3. Those wishing to donate supplies and food may go to any Tractor Supply located in Sevier, Knox, Blount, Loudon, or Sevier counties and purchase items on our wish list that will be used to benefit the horses from this case.

4. Offer foster care to current horses at Horse Haven who are available for adoption to help open up spaces at our facility to enable us to remove these animals from the fairgrounds as soon as possible.

Horse Haven asks the public not to go to the fairgrounds to donate or help without getting prior approval.

Knox County Sheriff's Office had to take 33 horses from a large farm because of the poor conditions.

The animal control unit and investigators went to a 35 acre farm on 2837 Voltz Lane in East Knox County to check on the condition of the animals Wednesday afternoon.

That includes 98 horses, two llamas, and one donkey.

One horse and one donkey had to be taken to UT Large Animal Hospital immediately. 31 others were taken to Chilhowee Park.

The Tennessee Department of Agricultural Division of Regulatory Services put the rest of the animals are now under quarantine.

When animal control officers went back to the farm Thursday, they found two dead horses.

KCSO Animal Control Officers and veterinarians from the the UT Large Animal Hospital are looking at each animal’s condition.

Horse Haven of Tennessee is assisting and providing care for the animals.

Working in cooperation with The City of Knoxville’s Public Assembly Facilities, the seized horses have been transported to Chilhowee Park for continued care and observation.

The owner could face multiple counts of cruelty to animals once the case is turned over to the district attorney's office. They have already been cited for one county of cruelty to animals based on a search on an earlier search.

The sheriff's office says the owner was told to comply with random inspections and was given 11 months and 29 days of probation pursuant to TCA 40-35-313.

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