WVLT's Robert Grant to dance for the horses

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Pictures of animal abuse are difficult to look at, however what's sometimes more telling is the potential harm the owners can inflict on humans. That's the case Horse Haven of Tennessee sees nearly every day.

WVLT's Robert Grant will participate in "Dancing for the Horses" on May 18, 2019. / Source: WVLT

The non-profit rescues horses from abuse or neglect. There are currently 50 horses at the organization's Lenoir City facility. Executive Director Tina McConnell said this past January was their busiest ever, with the most rescues in Horse Haven history.

"People are more aware of cat and dog abuse and neglect. Natural progression -- they're finding out more about horse abuse and neglect," McConnell said.

Horse Haven works with law enforcement on cases. When the horses come to their new home at Horse Haven, a staff of directors and volunteers work to rescue, rehabilitate, and re-home the horses.

WVLT News' Robert Grant will be 'Dancing for the Horses' May 18. The annual event raises money for the organization. Robert is joining several others who are paired with professional dancers at Go Dance.

Robert and his partner, Taylor Hooks, are dancing in support of 'Junior'. The 20 year-old horse was rescued locally back in January. horse Haven said he was severely underweight.

"Manure in the stall was a good three feet," McConnell said.

But with Horse Haven's help, Junior gained 60 pounds and was just adopted. It's just one of many success stories Robert is helping support through his fundraising efforts.

Dance for the Horses will be held on May 18 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Robert is raising money ahead of the competition. To donate, go here.

For tickets to the event, go here.

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