KAUFMAN -- An East Texas horse slaughterhouse must shut down by Sept. 30 because of concerns about public health and safety.
Kaufman's zoning board unanimously voted Thursday night to order Dallas Crown Horse Slaughter Plant to close.
"They have been having to live a very long time with overwhelming noxious odor and dead animal parts being dragged around their yards," said attorney Don Feare, who represents 15 area residents. "People were not even able to leave their homes and go to their backyards for a Sunday afternoon barbecue it smelled so bad."
The board found the business to be a nuisance in November, identifying public health and safety issues, but delayed a decision on a closing date.
The slaughterhouse's owners believe the board's ruling was illegal and plans to appeal, said attorney Mark Calabria.
"We will visit with our clients and decide what takes place next," Calabria said. "This will have a significant impact on 50 employees and their families."
Dallas Crown is one of three U.S. slaughterhouses that process meat for human consumption abroad and finds itself part of a congressional fight to stop federal live animal inspections.
Congress had halted funding for the inspections. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to continue the inspections by charging fees to the slaughterhouses.