Two men from Campbell County are being charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty after 28 animals were found malnourished near their property nine miles south of Gillette.

The Gillette News-Record reports that Campbell County Sheriff’s were called to the 900 block of Highway 50 last week after reports of animals that had not been fed or had water for several days.

Sheriff’s reported finding dead livestock buried with parts of them sticking out of the ground. A veterinarian told the Gillette News-Record that 90% of the living animals were “of low body score.” Of the 28 animals, 20 of them were horses.

A 54-year-old man and his 29-year-old son are facing animal cruelty charges. Law enforcement did not release the names of the individuals to media at this point.

The 28 animals were taken into protective custody.