You may remember about a year ago when two PETA workers were caught on surveillance camera, picking up 3-year-old Maya the Chihuahua from her porch and putting her into a PETA van. Then a couple days later they returned with a fruit basket to tell the family that their dog was dead.
Maya was euthanized killed that day, even though state law required her to be held for five days. Months later PETA admitted what had happened and apologized.
This is about as reprehensible as it gets, even for this evil group of psychopaths.
Since a dog is property in Virginia, no criminal charges were filed in spite of many of us complaining to the authorities. PETA was issued a violation for not waiting the five days and given the maximum fine allowed -- $500.
Wilber Zarate and his 9-year-old daughter, Cynthia, are seeking more than $9 million. Zarate said in the lawsuit that Cynthia was devastated after Maya was killed, “She cried for weeks, became lethargic, lost sleep, refrained from eating and lost weight,” he said. “Maya was irreplaceable.”
With tens of millions in its coffers, PETA can well afford to lose the lawsuit, but the publicity will be another matter. There are still a lot of people who think PETA is a friend to their pets. PETA still gets donations from misguided animal lovers.
Hopefully this case will get the publicity of the “Death Van/Dumpster” case of a few years ago. PETA workers went around in a van gathering healthy animals from shelters and from people who thought they would be given good homes.
Instead they were killed in the van and the bodies were tossed into dumpsters along the way. With an army of lawyers, the workers were merely charged with animal cruelty and littering.
That’s when PETA bought the walk-in freezer for their headquarters where they currently do the mass killings, killing over 90% of the pets in their care, according to their own records.
I’m guessing that PETA settles this suit as quickly as possible with a confidentiality agreement so we won’t know how badly they wanted to settle.
I didn’t think I would ever say this, but I hope the Zarates have a very greedy lawyer.
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