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"It doesn't take a horse lover to see those pictures to realize there's something terribly wrong," said Roberts.
Roberts says in recent weeks she's seen one dead horse on the property along Old Highway 431 in Robertson County and another that looked nearly done for.
"It could barely lift its head it was thrashing trying to get up," said Roberts.
The property is owned by Lee Krisle and Roberts isn't the only one worried about the thin looking conditions of the other horses on her property.
Robertson County Animal Control Director David Blackwood says his office has seen plenty of calls in the last month.
"This particular case we've got 15 phone calls on it," said Blackwood.
Those concerns are now leading to something more serious.
Krisle faces 8 counts of Animal Abuse but he tells a different story about what's going on at the property.
Krisle says he's a licensed horse dealer who people frequently give malnourished and near dead horses to.
In other words, Krisle says the animals arrived there that way and he's trying to nurse them back to health.
But Paula Auerbach says the conditions have been something people have complained about for years including an incident last year when she says authorities had to take some animals off the property.
"There were some horses that had died in the pasture. Died in the creek and were just left laying there," said Auerbach.
Authorities tell Fox 17 news Krisle may face other charges too.
They say he wasn't legally supposed to have any animals because of an incident from 2009.
Thursday, February 28 2013, 10:27 PM CST
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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