Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Raid Finds Illegal Exotic Animals
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office along with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency executed a search warrant Monday morning at 139 Water Road in Heiskell. They found at least a hundred animals in bad living conditions including a lynx in a cage in the back yard, a large monkey in a bird cage in the living room, multiple venomous reptiles, dogs, cats, and numerous non-venomous snakes. Many of the animals were illegal wildlife.
Knox County Codes Enforcement was also called to the scene and condemned the residence after an inspection.
The animals are being fostered by several agencies including Tiger Haven, the Young-Williams Animal Shelter, and other facilities. Charges are pending against the owner.