A Maryland man was arrested Tuesday, May 28, in connection with more than 20 dead cows found on a town of Maryland farm the same day, according to a June 3 media release by the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office.

Dale E. Putman Jr., 69, was charged with six misdemeanor counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and failure to provide proper sustenance, according to the release. The remaining cattle were taken in by local farmers for safe keeping until the end of the investigation and court proceedings, according to the release. Putman is scheduled to appear in Maryland Town Court at a later date.

Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. is in charge of the case. His department received a complaint and a deputy went to investigate the state Route 7 farm the afternoon of May 28, Devlin told The Daily Star last week.

The investigation revealed about 20 dead cows at various stages of decomposition inside the barn, according to the release, Four dead cows were located in the fields, and one cow was in poor health from giving birth to a calf and had to be euthanized.

Leatherstocking Veterinary Group and the Susquehanna SPCA assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene, according to the release.

Two sheep and three goats also taken from the farm after the investigation are with local farmers as well, said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA. Haynes said that when she was talking to farmers last week to find temporary housing for the animals, many of them said they couldn’t help because they were under strain trying to take care of their own animals.

“It was very eye-opening to talk to the farmers and hear the struggle they’re having,” Haynes said. “This doesn’t change the fact that animals don’t have to suffer and die the way they did.”

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at 607-441-7221 or skarikehalli@thedailystar.com.Follow her on Twitter at @DS_ShwetaK.