50 Longhorns Found Dead at Van Zandt Ranch

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Feb 26, 2010  |  Updated 1:49 PM CDT
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50 Longhorns Found Dead at Van Zandt Ranch

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The SPCA of Texas seized about 40 head of Longhorn cattle Friday from a ranch in rural Van Zandt County.  About 50 dead longhorns were also found at the site.

The Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department served an unrelated search warrant Thursday when they discovered the malnourished animals.  Officials then contacted the SPCA who visited the property and determined that the animals were in need of immediate help.

"The cattle, which all appear to be lethargic and dangerously underweight, do not have access to food and only have access to a water source that is contaminated by the dead cattle," the SPCA said in a news release Friday.

A seizure warrant was issued, allowing the animals to be transported to Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney where they will be examined by medical staff and cared for until the custody hearing.

The seizure was conducted under the authority of the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department.

If the SPCA of Texas is awarded custody of the animals, they would be individually evaluated for potential adoption or placement on a case by case basis, the SPCA said.

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