A Georgia man is facing charges after a foal was found dead on his Murray County property. A pair of allegedly maltreated adult horses were also found there.

A report from the Murray County Sheriff’s Office said law enforcement personnel responded to a call about maltreated horses on John Frank Palmer’s property on April 5. Upon arrival, deputies discovered an adult horse tied to a tree who appeared to be malnourished and in need of veterinary treatment for sores on the back and both sides, the report said. Another allegedly maltreated horse was also found.

A “very small” dead foal was found lying on barbed wire rounds; the animal appeared to be have been dead for about two days, the report said.

“The foal also looked very malnourished and the animal showed signs that the animal had not been taken care of for a while,” the report said

The live horses were relocated to an undisclosed site outside of the county for rehabilitative treatment.

On May 20, Palmer was booked into the Murray County Jail and charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the foal’s death and two counts of animal cruelty in connection with the maltreatment of the adult horses. He was released on $3,500 bond. He was unavailable to comment.

The case remains pending.