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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00 am

A man was arrested Friday on suspicion of illegally dumping two horse carcasses in an unincorporated area of San Joaquin County, according to the county Sheriff’s Office.

According to a press release, detectives from the Sheriff’s Ag Crimes department arrested Robert Deleon Decker, 27, in connection two separate illegal dead horse dumping cases at around 1:30 p.m. Friday.

During the investigation, detectives worked with the UC Davis Veterinary Forensics Laboratory to track the DNA of one of the dead horses, and the lab came up with a match. Detectives were able to identify and locate the horse owner, and were then able to gather enough information to obtain a warrant for Decker’s arrest, the press release stated.

Decker was transported and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of two counts of illegal disposal of a carcass, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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