Man Charged with Animal Cruelty is Sentenced

Gadsden County - June 1, 2012 - 7:43pm

Yanco Peterson was sentenced in a Gadsden County courtroom on May 18. He was found guilty on six of the 24 counts of animal cruelty charges against him. The judge sentenced him to five years in prison, and was given credit for the 689 days he's already served.

In 2010, Peterson was arrested when sheriff's deputies confiscated dogs during a dog fighting ring bust in Gadsden County. Peterson said he was only a breeder.

On June 29th, deputies came to Peterson's house at 231 L and M Lane in Quincy to recover stolen items, and found 34 dogs chained up in his backyard, and evidence that they've been trained for dog fighting.

At last check the dogs were being held at the animal shelter and faced being put down if they were deemed too aggressive. Peterson claimed he simply breeds puppies and that any scarring on the dogs was accidental.


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  • by wow...looks like we got a genius on our hands Location: reality on Jun 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM
    Wow "animals don't have souls"...if anyone should ever compare accidentally running over an animal to someone purposly torturing, killing and breeding fight dogs for the sake of entertainment clearly doesn't have a soul...people on average who support animal rights also support human rights too dummy. Get your head on straight. No one here is saying animals are more superior...youre the tool who is supporting a criminal.
  • by cat Location: il on Jun 3, 2012 at 08:19 PM
    This guy is a sub-human degenerate. If I were queen of the world I'd have him hummanely euthanized !
  • by Sheeple Location: Tallahassee on Jun 2, 2012 at 07:21 PM
    Its truly disgusting to see comments defending this type garbage, not harsh enough. The same was said about a fight case on Bermuda ave from which the sweetest dog ever came from, he graciously holds a spot on the ASPCA dog fight magazine. We know him as Winston and he is the first dog I have ever seen have a nightmare. The connection between people that abuse animal that lead to them hurting people are scientific fact. I own previous fight dogs from the leslie meyers cases and it makes sick to hear these dirtbags family trying to say what good people they are. Dont worry they are keeping your seat warm in hell.
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      by please on Jun 2, 2012 at 07:47 PM in reply to Sheeple
      Noooo,not for killing no animal.how many animal have u ran over in your life time, plenty right.Now that's animal cruelty and every one kills animals i believe.
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        by This... on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:06 PM in reply to please
        ...is not the same as accidentally running over an animal.
  • by cindy on Jun 2, 2012 at 03:06 PM
    how many pit bull puppies did he have chained to a fence with evidence of dog fighting? scarring on puppies? 30 something puppies chained up. oh yeah he's a legit dog breeder, sure i'll believe that when hell freezes over. usually how someone treats animals good indication how they treat humans, good he got the max sentence. i have 3 rescue dogs, can't belive ANYONE would think it is ok to abuse children or animals, scarey world.
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      by Animals don't have a soul on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:41 PM in reply to cindy
      U r wrong he was a nice person and would have gave his last for anyone.out of 80 dogs 2 had a scar not because of fighting because 1 dog mouth got caught in some fence wire.The raid wasn't about the dogs(proven fact)it was about buying stolen property from someone he trusted that rated him out.5 years in prison cool he will take that all day because he is a man and he know he was wrong (not about the dogs).People remember u don't get the whole story from the news or here the whole story from the officers.That's why we shall not judge.
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      by cat on Jun 3, 2012 at 08:21 PM in reply to cindy
      BRAVO Cindy.
  • by Animals don't have a soul Location: Quincy on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    Its a shame people commenting on something they do not know what is really going on.The animal cruelty charge was the only charge the police can put on him.He brought stolen property from some boys who was breaking in people houses.They police wanted him to snitch but he wouldn't.So the police got mad and charge him with over 50 different charges including dealing with stolen property,drugs and etc.The police knew the true but wanted a confession about who he brought the stolen goods from.All the charges was drop except the animal cruelty.He sold and raise dogs for a living.All the money spent on them he never got a chance to make his money back($20000).Must of them where puppies.Plus he had a full time job. SO THY SHALL NOT JUDGE
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      by cindy on Jun 2, 2012 at 03:00 PM in reply to Animals don't have a soul
      if these dogs were chained up and had scarring sure sounds like they were used for fighting, and of course they were pit bulls.he should get the max,
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        by Animals don't have a soul on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:47 PM in reply to cindy
        u don't know how many dogs had a scar.I believe 2 dogs out of 80.u said give him the max.God said for the wages of sin is death.When u sin,God don't give u the max by taking your life right.
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          by Good gracious on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:07 PM in reply to Animals don't have a soul
          Just stop already.
  • by truth on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM
    Wow it is amazing you get more time for animal cruelty than killing a person!!!!
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      by Please on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:52 PM in reply to truth
      Only in America.We need to fix our laws.
  • by Sandra Location: NWF on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    This poor excuse for a human being better be thankful I wasn't the judge. If I had been, he would be the one chained up in the sun, with no water, food, and soiling on himself. Then, and only then, I would cast my decision to through his sorry A@@ in jail for an undetermined amount of time.
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      by Please on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:45 PM in reply to Sandra
      u would have done nothing but cried.Its a shame humans love animals more then humans.Something wrong with that picture.Also animals do not have a soul.SMH
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        by People on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:08 PM in reply to Please
        ...do not "love animals more than people". So stop making it about "more than people". It's about how a human treats a living thing...plus, what kind of case they prosecution has, jury decision, etc.
  • by SS Location: NY on Jun 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM
    David in Fla, really? Wow. Wake up.
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      by Please on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:53 PM in reply to SS
      David telling the truth
  • by TallyVoter on Jun 2, 2012 at 09:24 AM
    Still too lenient a punishment.
  • by Love Dogs Location: Bristol on Jun 2, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    Finally a Judge that does something besides slap someone on the wrist. If it was up to me he would never see the light of day again. We may not have won the war yet but at least we got a small victory.
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      by Please on Jun 2, 2012 at 01:51 PM in reply to Love Dogs
      People run over animals every night in don't get charge.Also they didn't say he was fighting dogs.Animal cruelty can mean anything from the way the dogs where living,their weight or how much food they had.People please.
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