PETA To Be Sued for Theft and Murder of a Family’s Dog

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is being sued by a family from Virginia.  The family is seeking $9 million in damages after two senior employees of PETA stole their chihuahua, and then had the dog put down.

Victoria Carey and Jennifer Woods can be seen on the family’s home security cameras, first chasing Maya down.  After they get a hold of her, they shove her into a white van and take off with her.

Fast foreword four months later, and PETA is informing the family that they had the dog euthanized.  State law does require that any animals brought in as strays or by animal control be held for five days before either putting the animal up for adoption or euthanizing them.

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Victoria Carey’s contract with PETA has been terminated.  She had been their human resources director.  Woods is still employed by PETA as their senior communications administrator.

So how did the pair apologize to the family for their barbaric actions?  They gave them a fruit basket.  An investigation by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was launched, and decided that PETA did in fact violate the law and imposed the largest fine for this crime there is. Unfortunately that fine is only $500.

PETA, in 2014 alone, euthanized 2,454 of the 3,369 animals they “rescued” in this region of the United States.  There were only 23 dogs and 16 cats adopted out from their shelters.  In a press release, the organization claims that the reason they killed so many animals is because they offer “free euthanasia services for 2,454 dogs, cats, and other animals in just one area of the United States.”

PETA has made a press release regarding this incident as well. In a statement to a local news outlet they said that the incident, “was extremely upsetting, therefore, to discover that in the course of doing something helpful and good, something bad had happened.”

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262 thoughts on “PETA To Be Sued for Theft and Murder of a Family’s Dog”

  1. I recently contacted another shelter director in PETA’s area to get her impressions about PETA’s shelter. This was her response:

    “I’m the shelter director at the Norfolk Animal Care Center. We are an open-admission municipal shelter, housing approximately 6,000 animals each year. PETA’s headquarters is about 3 miles from my shelter.

    “I can confirm, without reservation, that PETA assists numerous animals from our community and beyond, in immeasurable ways. They often pick up stray animals, or those from hoarding situations found in the city. They bring them directly to my shelter unless the animal is ill or injured. In those instances, they send me the animal’s information (in case an owner is searching for their lost pet) and treat the animal on their dime. Most often, a PETA staff member or volunteer ends up adopting that animal.

    “In the case of owner relinquished animals, healthy and adoptable animals are transferred from PETA to the Virginia Beach SPCA. The Virginia Beach SPCA has an established adoption rate of around 90% and they are a truly open-admission shelter.

    “Yes, PETA offers a euthanasia service for area residents who cannot afford traditional veterinary services. They offer these services around the clock, and yet they are vilified by some of the same organizations who refer animals to PETA for euthanasia services. Animals in my community would be far worse off if not for the efforts of PETA. We prefer to focus on the number of euthanasia they have prevented by sterilizing over 100,000 animals in the past few years.

    “I hope this helps you to fully understand the role PETA plays in my community.”–Barb Hays, Director of Norfolk Animal Care Center

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  2. Just HOW can these terrorists call themselves “ETHICAL,” or for that matter, how can they classify themselves as “PEOPLE?” They sound more like MONSTERS to me.

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  3. I’m not sure I understand what’s going on here. Is this real? If it is, what reason would PETA employees have for going onto personal property, stealing animals, euthanizing them, then calling the owners months later to let them know the animal was put down?

    I’m no lover of PETA by any means. They are crazy extremists. However, this story does not give us enough details to make any kind of sense.

    If this is happening to over 2,000 animals a year, why hasn’t anyone else stepped forward? Why aren’t we given any details about the dog owners other than “a Virginia family”? Why aren’t we presented with some explanation of what is going on with the situation.

    I hate to defend PETA in any way, but this news story is very suspicious.

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    • Aha! After a little research online, this story IS actually true. This is just the WORST written version of it. My goodness. Here are some simply details they should have included:

      PETA was called to the trailer park in Norfolk, VA when other residents moved away and left their big dogs. The two PETA workers paid some children to try to lure the dog off the porch of the home, then did it themselves when that didn’t work. One story says that one acted as a lookout – indicating that they knew the dog belonged to someone. (Unfortunately, none of the videos will work for me, so I can’t confirm.)

      PETA euthanized the dog the same day, which is illegal under VA law. They must properly identify the animal, then keep it alive for five days so that the owners can claim it if it’s a mistake. PETA was fined $500 by the state, then apparently sent the Zarate family an apology fruit basket.

      So, that makes a lot more sense than this lazily written article.

      It also really exposes the absolute hypocrisy of the PETA organization. They promote only extreme veganism – no wearing of animal products, no medical treatments that have ever been tested on animals, etc. They shout “Meat is murder” from every available rooftop, free animals that they feel are being unfairly caged, generally make life miserable for anyone who isn’t an insane radical, no matter how much they might care about animals. Yet, when they are called to find good homes for some abandoned pets, they actively steal pets that they know are not abandoned, and are so quick to euthanize them, they are actually breaking a law.

      So much for their “animals are worth more than people” philosophy.

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  4. Aha! After a little research online, this story IS actually true. This is just the WORST written version of it. My goodness. Here are some simply details they should have included:

    PETA was called to the trailer park in Norfolk, VA when other residents moved away and left their big dogs. The two PETA workers paid some children to try to lure the dog off the porch of the home, then did it themselves when that didn’t work. One story says that one acted as a lookout – indicating that they knew the dog belonged to someone. (Unfortunately, none of the videos will work for me, so I can’t confirm.)

    PETA euthanized the dog the same day, which is illegal under VA law. They must properly identify the animal, then keep it alive for five days so that the owners can claim it if it’s a mistake. PETA was fined $500 by the state, then apparently sent the Zarate family an apology fruit basket.

    So, that makes a lot more sense than this lazily written article.

    It also really exposes the absolute hypocrisy of the PETA organization. They promote only extreme veganism – no wearing of animal products, no medical treatments that have ever been tested on animals, etc. They shout “Meat is murder” from every available rooftop, free animals that they feel are being unfairly caged, generally make life miserable for anyone who isn’t an insane radical, no matter how much they might care about animals. Yet, when they are called to find good homes for some abandoned pets, they actively steal pets that they know are not abandoned, and are so quick to euthanize them, they are actually breaking a law.

    So much for their “animals are worth more than people” philosophy.

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  5. Why is anyone surprised? PETA has said for many years that they don’t believe in pet ownership AT ALL. They consider it “unnatural”, and believe animals are better off dead than as pets. They’re self-righteous monstrous clowns, the lot of them. And they’ve been pulling this krap for DECADES.

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