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Judge Sentences Owners of Exotic Animals

Friday, 10 February 2012

The owners of the illegal exotic animals discovered by authorities in December received their sentences on Friday. For 49-year-old Kimberly Elaine Smith, a Cruelty to Animals charge will be held in abeyance for 11 months and 29 days.

52-year-old William Anthony Smith pled guilty to one count of Illegal Possession of Exotic Wildlife and one count of Illegal Possession of a Skunk. Each are 11 months and 29 days suspended sentences to be served consecutively.

Per the agreements, they had to surrender all the animals, which have been housed and cared for by Horse Haven, Tiger Haven, Rainforest Adventures, and Young-Williams Animal Center, seized by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Division. Additionally, they are not to be in possession of any animals during the probationary period. They are subject to random checks by Animal Control to ensure that no animals are on the property.

On December 19, 2011 the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, executed a search warrant 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.

William Smith and Kimberly Smith



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