Troy man pleads guilty in animal neglect case

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Troy man involved in an ongoing animal neglect case pled guilty to charges on Wednesday.

Deric Peterson, 31, was charged with intentionally depriving proper sustenance to four dogs and nine cats. Albany Police seized the animals in June 2014 after finding them in unsanitary living conditions in a residence on South Pine Street in Albany.  

After an investigation police arrested and charged Peterson in January along with 24-year-old Rachel Fasnacht.

Deric Peterson
Deric Peterson

One dog and one cat needed to be euthanized due to medical issues. The remaining animals were transferred to the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society for care.

The case has caused potential adopters and local lawmakers to push for better care of animals involved in open legal cases. Legally the animals cannot be adopted unless the owner surrenders them or is ordered to after a conviction.

“Normally a piece of evidence is seized, and it’s maybe a knife or something you put in a cabinet,” MHHS Director Brad Shear said. “But these are living things that need a faster process.”

But Peterson’s guilty plea means that the animals will now legally belong to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society which will allow them to be placed for adoption.

“We live in a caring community,” Shear said. “I think when people realize what these animals had to go through they will step up.”

Peterson will be sentenced to serve 60 days. Upon release, he will not be allowed to possess or reside with animals. He is also ordered to pay $2,000 in restitution.

Fasnacht is expected in court next week.

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