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Anonymous tips ...and why many of them are anonymousPosted Thursday, December 31, 2009, at 12:52 PM
This is a perfect end to the year.
Just a little while ago, I got a call from a woman claiming that some serious abuse of horses was going on out at a farm here in the county.
She told me that there was one horse lying dead in the field and others were being starved.
I asked if she had called Bedford County Animal Control or the county's agriculture extension office about this claim.
"NO! They won't do anything anyways!!!"
I asked if she had informed law enforcement about these alleged conditions.
She pretty much gave me the same answer in response, in a much more shrill tone.
The woman then began to demand I do a story on her claims, but I attempted to explain that without any charges or evidence to back it up, I couldn't write anything on it.
She then said she was going to call one of the Nashville TV stations "to get something done about this."
So, I told her I would check it out and started making some calls. Sure enough, no reports about this had been received.
Then I drove out there to see the conditions for myself.
That was the liveliest dead horse I've ever seen.
Perhaps it was a zombie equine, which has risen to feed on the hay of the living.
A fellow out on the farm explained that that particular horse likes to roll around in the mud, which is kind of hard to do if you are dead.
No starved horses either.
There was nothing to the claims at all.
Which is probably why my tipster remained anonymous.
As I said, a perfect way to end the year.
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