The horses at the center of an animal cruelty case may soon have a new home.
During a civil court hearing Tuesday in Roane County, Judge Ron White gave the county control of the 20 surviving horses seized from a farm near Reedy in late January.
The owner of the horses, Tory Morgan, was scheduled in court to answer the charges leveled against her but case was delayed for a second time.
She's charged with 36 counts of animal cruelty after officers said they found several dead horses on her property and the surviving horses malnourished.
The horses are still being medically evaluated, but the county is looking into plans that would allow people to foster or adopt the animals soon.