VIRGINIA FAMILY SUES PETA OVER DOGNAPPING AND KILLING
Late last year, we reported on an incident in which two People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) workers took a dog from a Accomack County, Virginia family's home and later euthanized it. Maya, a Chihuahua that belonged to the Zarate family, was taken directly from their porch as can be clearly seen on videotape. It was killed that very same day.
The state of Virginia found these two PETA employees, Victoria Jean Carey and Jennifer Lisa Woods, guilty of kidnapping and illegal euthanization. Unfortunately, there wasn't much justice in the case, as PETA was only punished with a measly fine of $500 (the maximum amount for a first time offender).
Aside from some bad press and one of the workers (Carey) being fired for her actions, PETA received no real penalty for its transgression. They feigned regret for their role in what happened and then went about their business as usual.
But now the Norfolk-based extremists face a big problem in the form of a lawsuit. The Zarates filed in Norfolk Circuit Court to challenge PETA and those two workers on their violation and seek financial retribution. The lawsuit claims $9.7 million in damages and alleges PETA "altered documents submitted to government authorities in an effort to cover up the incident," and that the defendants' actions were "part of an established pattern where PETA representatives "routinely kill companion animals in violation of law, regulation and decency.""
It should also be noted that a former PETA employee alleged early this year that PETA President Ingrid Newkirk had regularly ordered the stealing and killing of domestic animals, as well as the falsifying of records to cover their tracks.
PETA is describing the lawsuit as full of "twisted allegations and outright fabrications . . . a money grab against a charity that had been called in to help a community, did its best, and made one tragic mistake for which it has tried hard to make amends."
What were those amends again? The fruit basket given to the family days after the tragedy and the half-hearted apology that accompanied it?
According to the lawsuit, PETA was originally asked to come in to a mobile home park in Hopeton, Virginia to remove dogs that had been left behind by residents who moved away. The lawsuit goes on to say that PETA representatives took this opportunity to take current residents' pets as well.
Whatever the motivation for taking Maya and killing her, PETA was completely wrong and its involvement in unjustifiable animal deaths is despicable.
Hopefully, this lawsuit will clear up the dispute and award justice where justice is due. The Zarate family is owed what they deserve.