Ranchers hope judge's reversal of cattle seizure sets precedent

San Juanita and Jorge Padilla pose for a portrait in the Goliad County Courthouse. After 138 cattle were seized from the Padillas in late May, a judge ordered the cattle returned in an appeal hearing on Friday. “I’m glad we got ‘em back,” Jorge Padilla said.

GOLIAD — One day in late May, Marshall Henson was outside checking on his cattle when he encountered law enforcement officers rounding up his neighbor’s herd with horses and dogs.

“I just thought it was crazy,” Henson said. “Just — that doesn’t happen. It never happens.”

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Mark Rosenberg reports on local, regional and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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