Kingsport woman faces animal cruelty charges; two horses die, two rescued

Rain Smith • Sep 14, 2010 at 3:09 AM

A Kingsport woman has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty — and released on misdemeanor citations — after two of her horses died and two others were seized.

On Tuesday morning authorities converged on the home of Angela Ireson, 182 Derby Drive. According to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Capt. Mark Ducker, an anonymous tip on Friday alerted animal control to the situation.

Officers responded to conduct a visual check that day, finding the animals didn't have adequate food and water. A judge signed a search warrant on Tuesday morning, with authorities soon arriving at the property to find one horse had died.

Ducker said a veterinarian accompanied animal control to treat the three surviving horses, but the condition of one forced euthanization. The other two were handed over to Horse Haven of Tennessee, an equine rescue organization.

Ducker said the horses are considered livestock by law, prompting the misdemeanor citations. Ireson is expected to appear in Kingsport General Sessions Court later this week.

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