State agriculture officials say they plan to charge a Shorter man with animal cruelty after finding three and six undernourished horses on his property.
Investigators had warned Anthony Keith Story a year ago to take better care of his animals.
He appeared to be doing better after the warning, but recently officers found six horses with their ribs showing and the skeletal remains of three others.
State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks says the horse owner will be charged with three misdemeanor counts of failure to bury a dead animal and nine misdemeanor county of cruelty to animals.
The six surviving horses were relocated and are being properly nourished.