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News of Otsego County

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Maryland Farmer Arrested In Dead Cattle Case

Maryland Dairyman

Faces Misdemeanors

After 25 Cows Starve

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The dead cows were found Tuesday, May 28, in this barn on Route 7, east of Cooperstown Junction. (AllOTSEGO.com)

TOWN OF MARYLAND – A farmer was arrested and charged with torturing and failing to provide sustenance to 25 cows who were found dead on his farm last week.

Putman

Dale E. Putman Jr., 69, of Maryland, was arrested after the Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies were called to his farm for a complaint of possible dead animals.

Upon arrival, deputies could allegedly smell the odor of dead animals from the barn, and during the course of the investigation, allegedly located 20 dead cows in various states of decomposition inside the barn.

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