Texan Charged With Animal Cruelty As An Estimated 200-400 Cattle Were Seized From Numerous Properties

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Hundreds of cattle were seized in a monstrous case of alleged animal cruelty that has been taking place at six Hopkins County properties that encompass an estimated 2,700 acres of bare pasture land near Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office arrested the owner of the cattle, George Bergin, who was charged with felony cruelty to livestock animals which carries a punishment of up to two years in state jail and up to $10,000 in fines.

According to the SPCA of Texas which assisted in removing, transporting, taking inventory of and collecting evidence for the case, the animals did not have access to appropriate food or water and were not receiving proper care.

Sadly due to the severity of their conditions, two cattle had to be euthanized on the scene by a veterinarian.

Three deceased cows were also found on the properties along with an unknown number of skeletal remains of cattle.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Texas have received multiple complaints of animal cruelty in this case and attempted to work with the owner to bring the animals’ conditions into compliance with Texas Health and Safety Code.

As the animal owner refused to provide sufficient appropriate food, water and care for the cattle, the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and the SPCA of Texas agreed that it was in the animals’ best interest to obtain a seizure warrant and remove them.

The cattle were removed to an undisclosed location, where they will be provided with all the needed veterinary care, food, and water.

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