60 Starving Cattle Granted to SPCA

Wednesday, Mar 3, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 PM CDT
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60 Starving Cattle Granted to SPCA

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A judge has granted custody of more than 60 starving longhorn cattle to the SPCA in McKinney.

An attorney for the owner of the cattle said Tuesday's decision will be appealed.

Van Zandt County Justice of the Peace Ronnie Daniell said the animals were "unreasonably deprived of food."

The longhorns were seized Friday by deputies who found dozens of dead animals on the property about 60 miles east of Dallas.

Sheriff Pat Burnett Jr. said the investigation continues. The judge ordered owner Jim Claire to pay court costs, including boarding the animals.

Claire's attorney Prater Monning said the owner had entrusted care of the cattle to another man, believing the livestock were being properly fed. Cody Carter said he had been feeding the cattle at his own expense and that it had been a rough winter.

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