KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- In the past few weeks, Horse Haven of Tennessee has taken in 8 abused and neglected horses from various counties.
It's a trend that executive director, Nina Margetson, says is ongoing since the rescue group opened it's doors more than a decade ago.
But that's not entirely a bad thing. More awareness, has lead to more abusers being caught...and more horses being rescued from serious conditions like malnourishment.
Margetson also says that local leaders and judges have worked well with rescue groups...sometimes preventing convicted animal abusers from owning another horse.
And with the hot weather...now is a very bad time to ignore a horse.
Horses need a steady supply of water and the water can't get too hot, or the horse may not drink it.
Margetson says there's no excuse for a lack of food. Despite initial concerns about a lack of hay due to a drought...that hasn't been the case. And there are other options available to feed the animals.
Another issue...having to deal with the mix of adoptable and non-adoptable horses. On the second Saturday of each month, Horse Haven holds an adoption fair.
Knoxville, TN (August 10, 2012) - Today, 4 horses from Sevierville, were taken into custody and brought to Horse Haven of Tennessee, to be held and taken care of until their court date is heard.
In the last few days 3 from Morgan County were transported and 1 from Speedwell, to Horse Haven as well.
Horse Haven would like to remind people who own horses about care and compassion of owning and taking care of a horse. The severe heat of the summer takes a toll on equines and owners must provide feed and water for their horses on a daily basis. A combination of no food, heat, no shade and no water is detrimental to a horse's well being.
Tomorrow, Horse Haven of Tennessee will open their gates to the public for their monthly Neigh and Bray Adoption Day. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at their facilty, Horses that are available for adoption will be shown to those interested in giving a horse a forever home. The pending adoptees must pass a "home site inspection" and other qualifications in order to adopt.
Horse Haven of Tennessee is located at 2417 Reagan Road, Knoxville, TN, off of Hardin Valley Road.