Smallwood Charged with Animal Cruelty For Starving Horses


By Jacob E. Rosenbaum

A local man identified as Francis Paul Smallwood has been arrested and charged with 11 counts of animal cruelty following a Fentress County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Authorities were initially informed that there might be an issue concerning Mr. Smallwood’s horses by a concerned citizen who placed a phone call to them in early March.

Officials have reported that   upon arriving at a field on Gatewood Ford Road and Grover Lane in the Tinchtown community they discovered an emaciated dead horse. Upon further search, officers discovered remains of a second horse, and what they believed to be a third.

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