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‘A grisly scene’ Susquehanna SPCA describes finding two dozen dead cows on town of Maryland farm

(WBNG) — The Susquehanna SPCA is reacting to helping the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office investigate a farm where dozens of cows were found dead Tuesday afternoon.

“Just imagine a dark barn with dead, rotting animals and there were still two cows in that barn that were still alive and then the goats and the sheep,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA.

She says this case was one of the worst she has seen in awhile.

“I personally could only go in ten feet or so, because you could not breathe. I could not breathe,” she said.

Authorities say another 30 cows were found outside the farm in poor conditions. Haynes says all the remaining animals have been moved to new farms where they will begin the road to recovery.

Authorities say charges are expected.

Haynes say in working with the Otsego County Animal Cruelty Task Force, they understand farmer’s may be in a time of need, but there is no exception for animal cruelty.

“We understand that it’s hard to be a farmer right now. It’s tough times and we get that, but on the other hand, there’s really no excuse for neglect ,” she said, adding, “I’m afraid that there are other cases like this happening right now in Otsego County, to be honest with you, I think there probably are.”

Haynes says if you have any questions about animal cruelty or suspect there may be an animal cruelty case, call Susquehanna SPCA at (607) 547-8111 or call your local law enforcement.

Jackie Prager

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