ROGERSVILLE — A Rogersville man was charged with four counts of creulty to animals last week after a welfare check by a Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Deputy found one dead horse and three other “very malnourished” horses at the site.

Deputy Eric Pease said that on May 29, 2019, he responded to a location on Old Hwy. 66 in reference to a welfare check on the animals.

There, the animals’ owner, Ershell Thurman Goble, 74, took Pease to where the horses were housed.

“I observed thre horses standing and one horse lying in the stall deceased and the other three very malnourished,” Pease wrote in his report.

The owner told Pease that he “feeds the horses three times a day”. He also stated that the deceased horse had been down “a couple of weeks” and that he had not been able to make arrangements for the animal’s burial.

Agriculture Inspector John Hodges was contacted, responded to the scene and inspected the horses, at which point Goble was charged and issued a citation for four counts of Animal Cruelty.

The three surviving horses were turned over to Hooves and Feathers in Knoxville.