Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Horse Farm Owners Arrested for Violating Probation
Two owners of a horse farm in East Knox County are in trouble again, this time for violating their probation. Fifty nine year old Linda Cowell and 58 year old Barry Smith are being held in the Knox County Detention Facility with each under a $2,200 bond. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control Officers responded to the farm located at 2837 Voltz Lane after the couple was taken into custody. A veterinarian accompanied them and evaluated the horses. Six were removed from the property because of injuries and poor conditions and taken to the U.T. Animal Hospital for treatment.
Smith and Cowell were put on probation earlier this year on animal cruelty charges. In February and March of last year, KCSO Animal Control seized 35 horses from their farm. Smith and Cowell relinquished ownership and Horse Haven took the horses and eventually adopted all of them out. The couple’s farm was also placed under quarantine by the Tennessee Department of Agricultural Division of Regulatory Services because Animal Control found the carcasses of two horses. Two horses had to be transported immediately to U.T. Animal Hospital because of injuries.
In January, 2013, Cowell and Smith pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and were given probation subject to random checks by Animal Control and to maintain all current horses in good condition.