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Hawkins man cited for leaving horses tied to tree

Jeff Bobo • Jun 26, 2018 at 2:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man was cited into Hawkins County Sessions Court on one count of animal cruelty for allegedly keeping two horses tied up to a tree without adequate food.

Last Thursday afternoon, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael Godsey responded to the property of Shawn D. Fleenor, 44, 142 Lisenby Lane, north of Church Hill, to do a follow up on a welfare check of two horses on the property.

Godsey said there have been several complaints about the horses being tied to trees.

Upon his arrival, Godsey met with John Hodges from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture who evaluated both horses and determined they were both in poor condition, rating their condition on a health scale at 2.5 out of 9.

"The horses have been tied up with rope to two individual trees for a lengthy amount of time,"Godsey stated in his report. "Both horses have marks from the rope being around their neck, along with one of them having what looks to be an infection around the neck from the rope."

Godsey added, "The horses also do not have adequate food sources available, but there is a creek for water."

Hooves and Feathers animal rescue in Knoxville was contacted to rescue the horses.

Godsey stated that due to the horses' condition, there was probable cause to issue Fleenor a criminal summons.

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