Clarksville Man Accused Of Animal Cruelty Speaks Out
by Jason Lamb
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A Clarksville man arrested two times in two days on animal cruelty charges said he hasn't done anything wrong.
Tim Decent of Clarksville first landed on Clarksville Police radar this week when police said they found a dead horse hanging from a tree on his property.
Decent admitted that he did that, but he said the foal, which was just days old, died naturally, and Decent was trying to keep the hide.
Earlier Saturday morning, police arrested Decent for animal cruelty, saying several other horses on his property were malnourished and lacking a source of food and water.
In an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 5, Decent said one of his horses only appeared malnourished because it had just given birth to the baby foal which later died.
"You got to think what she just went through, giving birth to that big of a baby after 12 months of carrying it," Decent said. "A lot of her weight went with the baby when it came out."
Clarksville Police and volunteer equine groups said they do not buy Decent's story and are going ahead with charges.
Decent was previously charged with animal cruelty in 2012, but Decent says that charge was dropped.