Volunteers with the Humane Society of North Texas were working feverishly through the night on Friday to shelter at least 300 abused and malnourished Longhorn cattle before an expected cold front sweeps into Texas on Saturday.
Several cattle were found deceased as workers searched a property in Central Texas looking for strays, a Human Society official said.
The Humane Society volunteers are working in conjunction with deputies and officials from the Hill County Sheriff's Department who are investigating the property with possible criminal charges looming in the future, said Cassie Lackey, Humane Society of North Texas spokeswoman.
It is unknown how many Longhorns had not been located or how many dead cattle may still be on the property, Lackey said.
"This is all very disturbing and unsettling," Lackey said. "We are working against time to get these animals sheltered before the cold front comes in on Saturday."
This is the largest seizure the Humane Society has worked on in the past two years, topping the more than 200 animals seized in one incident in 2016, Lackey said.
Lackey estimated that perhaps as many as 400 large animals would be recovered before the end of Friday night. The animals were located on property near FM 933 and County Line Road in Hill County, according to reporting by WFAA.
A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb 16 to determine whether the cattle should be returned to their owner, a news release from the Humane Society of North Texas stated.