TENNESSEE, Dunlap home 60 dogs rescued

December 19, 2014

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Posted: Dec 19, 2014 11:03 AM EST Updated: Dec 19, 2014 7:14 PM EST

By WRCB Staff > By Kelly McCarthy
UPDATE: Nearly 60 dogs and other animals were rescued from a home in Dunlap
Friday morning.

A news release from the Humane Society of the United States said the
animals were living in “absolute filth.”
The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department served a warrant and discovered
many medium and large, mixed-breed dogs living in cages inside the home on
Austin Road, and some living in cages outside the home.
“It is one of the worst that we have ever seen, that I have ever seen as
animal cruelty,” said Chief Deputy Randall Lockhart, “I mean the dogs are
just, I mean, it’s very bad.
Geoffrey Peterson, 54, is now in Sequatchie County jail and charged with
animal neglect.

Chief Deputy Lockhart said the animal cruelty investigation started months
ago when a concerned person called the humane society saying Peterson
brought in a dog to be treated for starvation. The dog was treated and
released back to Peterson.

Channel 3 spoke with a neighbor who lives across the street. She suspected
Peterson didn’t live at his home on Austin Road, but she had no idea he was
sheltering so many animals. She said whenever the two would talk, Peterson
told her he was a member of PETA, a vegan and loved animals.