Rescued horses adopted to new homes

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

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Four horses rescued from a Sevier County home have been nurtured back to health and are in new homes.

Horse Haven, a Horse Rescue Operation, got the horses after they were found in the conditions with no food or water. Sonja Cowsert says the horses were in need of help.

"All 4 of them were very very thin. They required hoof care, their feed hadn't been trimmed in a very long time. They needed to be dewormed badly, we took care of all that," said Cowsert.

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.

Neighbors say they called deputies because they could no longer afford to feed them. Cowsert says it can be expensive and time consuming to properly take care of a horse. She says that's the biggest reason her mission has rescued more than 100 horses so far this year.

"Right now horses are fairly cheap, and easy to get because they are so expensive to keep, people don't realize the purchase price is the very least of your expenses," she said. "That $100 that you paid for that horse you're going to be paying every month in upkeep."

Lowe was booked into the Sevier County jail on a $2,000 bond. He's expected in court in January.

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