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.