Seized cattle now under the ownership of Humane Society - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Seized cattle now under the ownership of Humane Society

Deputies found over 250 animals. (Source: KXXV) Deputies found over 250 animals. (Source: KXXV)
The humane society of North Texas is assisting the sheriff's office. (Source: Cindy Graham/Facebook) The humane society of North Texas is assisting the sheriff's office. (Source: Cindy Graham/Facebook)
The search warrant said after observation, it was reported that the herd had a body condition score ranging from very thin, to borderline.  (Source: Search Warrant) The search warrant said after observation, it was reported that the herd had a body condition score ranging from very thin, to borderline.  (Source: Search Warrant)
(Source: KXXV) (Source: KXXV)
HILL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

Warning: Images and details in this story could be considered graphic

The Hill County Sheriff's Office said the longhorns they have seized from Aquilla are now under the ownership of the Humane Society of North Texas. 

The sheriff's office said that some of the cattle have been brought to a location in West, while some had to be put down at the location because they were incredibly malnourished. The sheriff's office added that only 5 percent of the herd is healthy. There are more than 300 cattle, mostly Longhorns, in the herd. 

While they were trying to herd the cattle onto the trailers, some were falling over because they are so weak. At least 15 Longhorns were found dead.

In December, authorities met with the owner and told her she had to hire someone to watch the herd because over 50 percent of the cattle showed signs of hunger. The owner, Leletia O'Malley signed an agreement allowing monitoring of the physical condition of the animals during this time.

On Feb. 16, O'Malley's attorneys, the Hill County Sheriff's Office, the county attorney and the Humane Society of North Texas met and reached an agreement that the cattle would remain at the Humane Society. 

In the meeting, it was determined that some cattle would be sold off to help with the continuing cost of maintaining the herd. 

The sheriff's office said there were some ownership claims that came up that they were not aware of. 

The search warrant said after observation, it was reported that the herd had a body condition score ranging from very thin, to borderline. 

On Feb. 7, photographs showed multiple dead longhorns that had been placed in a secluded area. They were in an area where the water drains across the carcasses into the surface water of Patton Lake.

The search warrant also said that no hay or tubs of protein were provided for the cattle in sub-freezing temperatures. The search warrant also said that the animals were not fed properly and some were deceased and piled up. 

The owner is cooperating with the operation.

The Humane Society of North Texas assisted the sheriff's office. They said veterinarians normally rate the longhorn's health form a scale of 1 to 5, but they have several longhorns that have been rated at 0. 

Another hearing is scheduled for March 2. For those wanting to donate, you can donate here

Moon Cattle, a cattle herd management company, filed a petition against O'Malley saying that they had entered a contract with her to get the cattle back to health but claims she didn't let them. They are asking for $6,345.34 in damages. 

The sheriff's office said March 27 that the remaining cattle will be under the ownership of the Humane Society of North Texas. The court also said that O'Malley was ordered to pay the balance of the court costs incurred by the Humane Society of North Texas, $62,266.97. 

Copyright 2018 KXXV. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Ireland referendum could lift strict ban on abortion

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:17:21 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

  • Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Explosion at Indian restaurant in Canada wounds 15 people

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:42 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:42:29 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:18 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:18:05 GMT
    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically. (Source: CTV Network via CNN)

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

    Canadian police say an explosion set off deliberately in a restaurant has wounded at least 15 people, some of them critically.

  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Friday, May 25 2018 6:17 PM EDT2018-05-25 22:17:33 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

Powered by Frankly