By Marie Waxel
LEXINGTON, AL (WAFF) - Lexington Police said a someone killed a man's bull and tried to sell it to a butcher in Tennessee.
Timothy Wisenbaker is charged with theft of property, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.
Police said the whole thing started on Saturday at a farm in Lexington off Highway 101 near County Road 613.
They said the owner of the farm noticed his bull had been missing. After taking a closer look at his property, he noticed the gate leading to the pasture had been cut and found evidence that an animal had been field-dressed.
There are markings on the roadway where police said the bull's body got dragged to the house across the street.
Investigators said Wisenbaker then loaded it into a trailer and took it to a meat processing plant where he used to work. Police said he told the plant owner he accidentally hit the animal.
Chief Augie Hendershot says not only was the Charolais bull worth several thousand dollars and specifically used for breeding, he said this is a great loss for the farmer and his family.
"It's modern day cattle rustling," Hendershot said. "This is how they support their family part of the way, and it's going to be a great loss for them; it's a $5,000 loss for this family
As for the carcass of the bull, the police chief said it's up to the owners to decide if they want to have it processed or not. Hendershot said additional arrests are possible in this case.