FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Police were responding to a report of possible cruelty to animals Tuesday afternoon, after receiving a report of several badly-decomposed horses near the intersection of Butner Road at Camp Creek Parkway in south Fulton County.
According to the Lifeline Animal Project, who are also on scene, four horses were dead and eight others were emaciated. Another five were also found at the scene, though their condition is not known.
Fulton County Animal Control and Fulton County Code Enforcement were also at the property investigating.
"It's pretty horrific back there," said Fulton County Animal Control Field Services Director Tim Poorman. "The horses are in various stages of decomposition. One was partially made to look like it had been -- they tried to dispose of it. One was still tethered to a tree back in the woodline. One looked like it was just laying on the ground thrashing before it died."
Animal control called the abuse some of the worst it's ever seen.
Police took 35-year-old Brandon George Fulton, the owner of the property where the horses were found, into custody and cited him with cruelty to animals. Officials have not confirmed whether he is the owner of the horses, as well.
"I don't know if he's living on this property or camping on the property -- I have no idea," Poorman said.
Officials told 11Alive's Duffie Dixon at the scene that animal control has been called out to the property before, but did not say for what kind of calls.
Poorman said the eight surviving animals would be taken care of.
"Our rescue partners will take them to their rescue facility, where they will be nursed back to health and hopefully live a long, happy life," he said.