SAN ANTONIO -

A man has been charged with one count of animal cruelty after several horses in his care were either found dead or malnourished on a south Bexar County property.

Officials were alerted to the case Sunday after a foul odor was reported coming from a property in the 2700 block of Oak Island Drive.

An arrest warrant affidavit stated a Bexar County sheriff's deputy responded and initially noticed ten seriously injured horses and one dead horse on the property.

The deputy then spoke to a man identified as Guadalupe Sanchez, 38, who said the horses belonged to him.

According to the affidavit, Sanchez claimed he bought the horses in that condition at a local auction, but was unable to provide any documentation to support his claim.

Sheriff's deputies determined there was enough evidence to seize the horses and upon further investigation, found a total of 16 malnourished horses and three dead horses

Sanchez was taken into police custody Thursday. He may face more charges based on the amount of horses found on the property. The living horses were taken to a local animal shelter.