The Dallas Morning News reports the SPCA will return 60 longhorns and three donkeys to a man in Van Zandt County man following an agreement with a justice of the peace.

The cattle were taken by the county sheriff in February when they found 50 dead cattle on the property and another 60 underfed with exposed ribs. A justice of the peace awarded custody of the 60 cattle to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who took care of the animals at their facility in McKinney, Texas.

Before going to court the owner of the cattle, Jim Clair, appealed and reached an agreement to keep his livestock. Under the agreement, Clair is required to make a $5,000 donation to the SPCA and the sheriff and SPCA have the right to inspect the cattle at any time. Clair’s employee can no longer take care of the livestock under the agreement.

The SPCA is shocked by the agreement. The court did not require Clair to pay $32,000 in restitution requested by the SPCA.

Clair plans to sell the livestock once they’ve gained weight. He retains ownership of the animals next week.

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