2 jailed in connection to livestock ‘boneyard’ near Liberty Hill

Williamson County

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two Williamson County residents have been arrested in connection to an August investigation into livestock cruelty.

According to a tweet from Sheriff Robert Chody, Howard, 48, and Carla Coursey, 53, were arrested and booked into the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. 

A July 18 complaint about neglected cattle led the Williamson County Sheriff’s Livestock Unit to a 180-acre property in the 19000 block of West State Highway 29 — in between Bertram and Liberty Hill — where deputies found a “boneyard” of nine cow carcasses.

Thirty-five cows, a bull and 46 calves were seized from the property — all emaciated or on the verge of emaciation.

The animals were taken to the Cameron Auction Barn where they will be given veterinary treatment, food and water.

Bond was set at $10,000 for each suspect. Both remain in custody. 

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