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Two charged after seven cats rescued from a stolen U-Haul truck

An officer with the Knoxville Police Department rescued cats from a stolen U-Haul truck during a traffic stop.
Tara Bowman, and Shawn Martin
Tara Bowman, and Shawn Martin(KCSO)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:51 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Knoxville Police Department officer rescued seven cats from a stolen U-Haul truck during a traffic stop on Monday morning, according to a Twitter post by KPD officials.

Arrest reports show that 37-year-old Tara Bowman and 34-year-old Shawn Martin were charged with Cruelty To Animals, the cats were taken to Young Williams Animal Center, according to KPD officials.

Court documents show that Police observed a U-Haul truck parked in the 2800 block of East Fifth Avenue Monday morning. The truck truck drove away and officers were about to make a high-risk traffic stop on West Baxter Avenue.

Officers said they found a box between the seats in the cab of the truck with what appeared to be drugs and baggies that officers said are commonly used in selling narcotics.

Bowman told officers that she had rented the truck in September, and had been sleeping in the truck.

Officers said when they opened the back of the truck a small kitten fell out of the fully-loaded truck and six more cats were located inside the truck.

The cats were believed to have been in the back of the truck for the month that Bowman had the truck and the officers said the back of the truck was “immensely hot” with no open ventilation.

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