Williamson County ranch owners have sued a former employee, saying he intentionally left cattle in a pasture without water, causing 31 of the animals to die.
Robert Tiemann and Carrie Tiemann, the owners of Tiemann Land and Cattle Development, filed the lawsuit against Logan Collier on July 3.
Robert Tiemann declined to comment about the lawsuit. Collier could not be reached for comment.
The cattle died in a pasture in Travis County, according to the Tiemanns’ lawyer, Mark Dietz.
“The Tiemanns are pretty upset about this,” Dietz said Monday. “They care about their cattle and have gotten an award for their ranching operation. This is a black eye for them.”
The lawsuit also alleges that Collier made unauthorized purchases on a company credit card and damaged a home that the Tiemanns rented to him in Taylor. Dietz said he didn’t know the amount of unauthorized purchases Collier is accused of making.
The lawyer said Collier had been working at the ranch for about 1 1/2 years. According to the suit, the cattle company notified Collier on Jan. 10 that he had violated policies regarding the use of company credit cards and ranch vehicles and equipment.
No criminal charges have been filed against Collier.
According to the lawsuit, another employee of the cattle company notified the Travis County Sheriff’s Office on May 31 that Collier had moved 100 head of cattle to a pasture at the ranch that had no water. The cattle had been left in the pasture “for an unknown length of time,” and when a sheriff’s deputy arrived, 14 of them were dead, the lawsuit claims.
A total of 31 of the animals eventually died after Collier “intentionally placed the cattle in a pasture without water because of his animosity towards TLCD (Tiemann Land and Cattle Development) and Robert Tiemann,” according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit seeks damages of $100,000 to $200,000.
The dead cattle were worth $30,000, according to the suit, but the Tiemanns also lost additional money caring for some before they died as well as nursing other cattle that had gone without water.
“Collier had the responsibility to daily make sure they were given water,” Dietz said. “In as little as 72 hours, you can start to lose cattle in 100-degree heat.”