Williamson County

Dozens of emaciated cows found on property near Liberty Hill

WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A July 18 complaint about neglected cattle led the Williamson County Sheriff's Livestock Unit to a 180-acre property west of Liberty Hill, where deputies found a "boneyard" of nine cow carcasses.

Deputies returned to a nearby property in the 19000 block of West State Highway 29 — in between Bertram and Liberty Hill — on Tuesday, finding seven cows that were sick and emaciated, including one that was trapped under a barbed wire fence and lacked the strength to stand.

After getting a search and seizure warrant, deputies saw the trapped cow had died.

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.

While the Williamson County Sheriff's Office did not name the property owner or who they believe to be responsible, deputies said charges are pending and their investigation is ongoing. 

A court date has been scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3.

Last week, dozens of animals were found in a property north of Georgetown in need of rescuing.

A total of 53 animals were found, including dogs, cats, chickens, peacocks and other birds. Of those, 14 had died.

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