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Update: 31 Dogs Removed from West Knox County Dog Breeder

Thursday, 26 March 2015
More details surrounding the confiscation of 31 dogs from a dog breeder have been released. The Knox County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit received several calls to 2003 Marshy Swamp Point regarding complaints of barking dogs and a strong odor of feces. In reference to the majority of the calls, Animal Control officers were unable to access the property and unable to make contact with the homeowner, but each time left a notice attached to the locked fence for the homeowner to contact the Animal Control Unit. Animal Control officers spoke to homeowner, Sara Tinker, who advised on two separate occasions, that she had between three and five dogs inside her residence. Officers were unable to determine the number of dogs inside the residence despite numerous attempts. Finally on March 19, 2015, KCSO received enough evidence to obtain a search warrant to enter Tinker's residence. On March 24, KCSO Family Crisis Unit served a search warrant and 31 dogs were removed. These cases are like all criminal cases, where probable cause has to be established to obtain a search warrant to enter a residence if you do not have the consent or cooperation of the homeowner.



31 Dogs Removed from West Knox County Dog Breeder

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Officers with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office removed 31 dogs from the home of a West Knox County dog breeder on Tuesday. The homeowner, 58-year-old Sara Jane Tinker of 2003 Marshy Swamp Point, had been breeding dogs out of her home and using a website to sell them. Officers received multiple complaints of many dogs barking in the yard and a strong odor of feces emitting from the residence.  Officers obtained a search warrant, and when they entered the home on Tuesday they removed one Havanese, one Cockapoo, 23 Standard Poodles, and six unweaned Standard Poodle puppies. The dogs were transported to Young-Williams Animal Center for further evaluation.   Knox County Code Administration and Inspection Office responded and posted a notice on the front door to the residence, deeming this building unfit for human occupation or use. 

Tinker was cited for cruelty to animals. She has a criminal history in Knox County that includes resisting arrest, implied consent notice, and driving under the influence.



Joe Hinton Road Car Crash

Friday, 20 March 2015

One person was taken to the hospital this morning following a West Knox County car crash. According to the initial investigation, 47-year-old Pedro Delangel was traveling northbound on Joe Hinton Road in a 1998 black Honda Accord around 8:27 a.m. on Friday morning.  He lost control of the vehicle while negotiating a curve and struck a utility pole. His passenger, 35-year-old Glendy Zavala of Knoxville, was extricated from the vehicle by Rural Metro and transported to UT Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries. Delangel suffered minor injuries and was not taken to a hospital.

Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected. Delangel was cited for driving without a license and improper registrations.



February 2015 Corrections Officers of the Month

Thursday, 19 March 2015

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office congratulates February’s Corrections Officers of the Month, Jordan Hurst, Travis Scates, Brandon Gilliam, Clint Cooney, Nurse Amy Smith, and Nurse Chelsea Ailor.

On February 14th while working at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility, Officer Scates became aware of a possible suicide attempt by one of the inmates and immediately called for assistance. Officer Scates placed himself under the inmate to relieve the pressure from around the inmate’s neck while responding Officers Gilliam and Cooney attempted to cut and tear the item from around the inmate. After successfully removing the item from around the inmate, Nurses Smith and Ailor began performing life-sustaining procedures in an attempt to medically-stabilize the inmate. Due to the professionalism and teamwork all employees demonstrated, the inmate survived.

On February 19th, Officer Hurst noticed that the back porch of a fellow employee’s house was on fire. Officer Hurst knocked on the front door and informed the victim of the dire situation. Officer Hurst was unaware that there were three full propane tanks on the back porch. Due to his prompt attention to the matter, the propane fuel did not have a chance to ignite. Officer Hurst prevented severe damage to the property and may have saved a life.

Officer Scates has been with the KCSO since July 2014, Officer Gilliam since October 2012, Nurse Smith since April 2012, and Nurse Ailor since October 2013. Officer Hurst has been with the KCSO since August 2010.

Scates Gilliam Cooney Smith Ailor





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