Forsyth County man arrested after dead horses, dead cow found

Authorities have charged a Forsyth County man with animal cruelty after finding three dead horses and one dead cow on his property.

Another horse was taken from the farm and stables in the 5400 block of Franklin Goldmine Road in Cumming. The horse, found in the stables, was “very ill and needed treatment from the vet,” according to an incident report. The horse’s ribs and hip bones were visible, and the horse was very weak, the report said.

Forsyth Sheriff’s deputies went to the property on April 10 after learning there may be dead animals there. They found the horses and cow, all of which had been dead for at least a month, the incident report said.

“The horses appeared to have just been dumped in the pasture and left there,” the report said.

Deputies took out warrants for 37-year-old Roque Hernandez and spoke with his son, who was on the property when they arrived. The son told authorities that they did not have a vet to care for the horses and that the one that was sick had been ill for almost a month.

Deputies arrested Hernandez and took him to the Forsyth County Jail.