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