Quincy man arrested on animal torture charges

UPDATED: December 30 at 7:30 a.m.

A Quincy man accused of several counts of animal cruelty is going to prison

The Quincy Herald Whig reports that Destin Gardner has been sentenced to 5 years and 9 months in prison.

Gardner is accused of posting this video of himself and a jack russell terrier dog involved in attacks on several animals, including a raccoon, snake and opossum.

A total of 14 charges were filed against Gardner including 9 counts of felony animal torture.

His wife, Karen Gardner also faces felony charges in the case.

UPDATED: December 7 at 10:48 a.m.

Destin Gardner is due in court Wednesday afternoon for a hearing to set a date for a preliminary hearing on animal abuse and torture charges as well as on felony drug charges.

Gardner will appear before Judge Scott Walden at the Adams County Courthouse.

We will continue to follow this story as the court case develops.


The Adams County man who faces several felony counts of animal torture and animal abuse is now in the Adams County jail.

Destin Gardner was arrested early Tuesday morning after a warrant for his arrest was issued last month.

He's also accused of taping the incidents and posting them on YouTube.

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Gardner encouraged his jack russell terrier Scrappy to fight, torture and kill several animals, including a raccoon, opossum and snake to name a few.

Gardner made his initial appearance Tuesday and was is due back in court later this week.

He is in jail on a quarter of a million dollar bond.

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