Two Dozen Dead Cows Found on Town of Maryland Farm

2 Dozen Cows Dead

At Maryland Farm

Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies found more than two dozen dead cows in the barn of this Town of Maryland farm, on Route 7 right past Cooperstown Junction. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The carcasses were found in this barn, some still tied up in their pens.

TOWN OF MARYLAND – The stench could be smelled for a mile.

More than two dozen dead cows in various states of decay were found in a barn on Route 7 in the Town of Maryland last night, after Otsego County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to the conditions on the farm.

“It appears they all starved to death,” said Sheriff Richard J. Devlin Jr. “There was no food or water. It’s despicable.”

15 live cattle, as well as goats and pigs, were seized from the farm, and another 17 were put into the pasture while arrangements for relocation were made.

“The priority is to get the carcasses buried,” he said.

It is the third such case of neglect this year. “This is unacceptable,” said Devlin. “Farmers face an uphill battle, but that’s no excuse. People would have taken those cattle. There are sales and auctions. There are other things you can do other than leaving them in a barn without food and water. It’s inhumane.”

The investigation is ongoing, but Devlin anticipates that charges will be filed.

Devlin is a founding member of the PETS task force, which seeks to combat animal cruelty through education and prevention.

Earlier this month, two pigs were seized from a Pittsfield farm after they were found to be without food or water. “We need to get the word out that there’s help,” he said. “We want to get in there before these animals starve to death.”


8 thoughts on “Two Dozen Dead Cows Found on Town of Maryland Farm

  1. normano1952

    THIS IS HORRIBLE AND THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THE CRUELTY. WHY ISN’T THE FARMER NAMED? TO LET AN ANIMAL SUFFER FROM STARVATION IS JUST UNACCEPTABLE AND IS A HORRENDOUS WAY TO DIE.

  2. Eileen Himes

    Why does this article not state who the owners are? Their names should be published. This clearly demonstrates why much tougher Animal abuse laws must be legislated. Starvation is a horrendous death for any animal. It is an exceedingly painful and torturous death.

  3. Michael Downey

    These people need to be identified and shamed, then locked up! This is criminal.

  4. Cheryl

    I agree. Over and over we see these terrible stories of mistreatment. Everybody is so quick to post stories and let the public know of these terrible events and then no identification of the responsible party. No shame, no embarrassment and no identification. I suspect no charges as well. Put the names out there, let those who do these terrible things be blamed publicly. If something isn’t done, you will continue to see these events happening over and over.

  5. Becky straubel

    They told you the address of the farm it’s very easy to find the information you want. Stop Harrassing the reporter and news paper and start harassing the owners.

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