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Felony Conviction in Dunlap, Tennessee, Animal Cruelty Case

December rescue saved 60 dogs, other animals

Geoffrey Deane Peterson pleaded guilty to three counts of felony aggravated animal cruelty in response to 60 dogs and other animals being rescued from atrocious conditions at his home in Dunlap, Tennessee. This plea carries a five year prison sentence and the defendant has a ban on animal ownership for five years. Judge Justin Angel presided over the hearing in Circuit Court in Sequatchie County.

The Humane Society of the United States, along with the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department and local animal groups, including Humane Educational Society, McKamey Animal Center, Animal Care Center of Ooltewah and local veterinarians assisted with the rescue and removal of all of the animals.

Leighann Lassiter, Tennessee state director for The HSUS, said, “Since December, these animals have been getting the attention and compassion they deserve from our rescue partners – some have even found forever families. We’re so grateful to the Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department and Assistant District Attorney Steve Strain for their diligent work to see this case through.”

For more information on the rescue, click here.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 240-672-8397; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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