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Clarksville man arrested after dead foal found hanging from a tree

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Timothy Decent, of Whitfield Road in Clarksville, Tenn. faces animal cruelty charges for the second time, after reports of a dead foal hanging from a tree, alerted authorities to search the property reported the Leaf Chronicle.

A Clarksville Police news release on Friday stated an investigation onto the property of Decent, discovered an emaciated white mare with brown spots with no hay available. The mare, named Kemo may have been the dead foal's mother. The only feed on the farm was a storage container of corn which was not accessible to the horses.

Decent told authorities the foal had died of an unknown reason, and he had hung it up to a tree for the animal's hide. He said he had forgotten the foal was hanging there, and has since cut it down.

In November 2012, Decent was charged with animal cruelty in Michigan, after a horse was reported dead at Decent's previous home. When authorities arrived, the horse was still alive and had been lying there for days struggling to get up. Animal advocates and veterinarians tried to help the horse regain his strength by feeding him, but it was determined the long term neglect of the horse made his recovery chances dim; the horse was humanely euthanized.

According to Fox, Decent has now been charged with felony animal cruelty. All three horses have been removed from the property and are now being cared for at a Sumner County facility Volunteer Equine Advocates. Two of the horses are in acceptable condition.

Decent told authorities the mare was thin because she had just given birth to the foal.

The previous case of animal cruelty for Decent was dismissed in January. There have been no explanations.

Decent is now free on a $10,000 bond.

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