Charges upgraded for man who hung dead horse from tree - WKRN News 2

Charges upgraded for Clarksville man who hung dead horse from tree

Posted: Updated: March 15, 2014 11:21 PM
Timothy Decent, 62 Timothy Decent, 62
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Charges have been upgraded for a man accused of hanging a dead horse from a tree on his Clarksville property.

Timothy Decent, 62, is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty.  He was arrested at his home in the 2400 block of Whitfield Road Thursday after officers responded to the property amid reports of the hanging foal.

Decent told police he did not know how the foal died and that he hung it up so that he could keep the hide.

The executive director for Equine Advocates, Jamie Clifton, told News 2, "I thought I had seen just about everything until I was sent the picture of that foal hanging from that tree." 

Clifton also said she had never heard of anyone using a horse hide the way Decent was claiming.

After searching his property, authorities found an emaciated horse in poor condition.  There was also no food for the animals on Deent's property.

Agents with the Equine Advocates are caring for the three remaining horses on a farm in Gallatin.  A veterinarian will visit Monday to do an evaluation of the animals.

Decent is due in court March 20.

He was also charged with animal cruelty in 2012 when a horse on his property had to be euthanized for malnutrition.

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