BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) -- A Raleigh County man who was facing animal cruelty charges after authorities discovered more than two dozen dead horses on his farm has died.

Eighty-three-year-old Grady Whitlock died Thursday. That's according to Mike Moran, funeral director of Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill. A cause of death has not been released.

In February, Whitlock was charged with 28 counts, one for each dead animal found on his farm in Shawver's Crossing. Police went to the 300-acre farm after receiving an anonymous tip. A veterinarian determined that the horses died from starvation.

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