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March 11--  A Vidalia man is facing cruelty to animals charges.

smithanimalsToombs County Sheriff Junior Kight says 66-year-old James Hoyt Smith of 512 Cedar Crossing Road is facing 15 counts of animal cruelty.

horseThe sheriff says a concerned citizen notified his office about the well-being of horses on Smith's property.  He reports 37 horses were found with fifteen malnourished, underweight and in extremely poor health. 

Those fifteen were turned over to the state with additional horses turned over to rescue services.

The Georgia Department of Agriculture assisted with the investigation which started February 18.

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