Wilber Zarate had sued PETA for taking Maya, his young daughter's 3-year-old Chihuahua, from the porch of their home and killing her before the end of a required five-day grace period required by state law.
PETA has agreed to pay the family $49,000 and donate $2,000 to a local SPCA. The family had sought up to $7 million.
We were all looking forward to the trial that was scheduled for September. Zarate's attorneys had planned to question current and former PETA employees about its euthanasia policy. With a historically 90% kill rate PETA put down more than 1,400 of about 2,000 animals in 2016.
Although they deny it, among the hundreds of animals that PETA has killed each year are young, healthy ones. PETA considers pet ownership to be "a form of involuntary bondage."
They oppose guide dogs and service dogs, police dogs and all working dogs and, of course, that family dog you keep in bondage. The walk-in freezer at their headquarters is kept pretty busy.
There are, unfortunately, people who believe that PETA is an organization of animal lovers and contribute generously.
In the Zarate case there is surveillance video of a PETA worker coming onto private property to seize young, healthy Maya and driving off in a PETA van. Maya was taken to their shelter and killed that same day.
A few days later two women workers from PETA brought a fruit basket to the Zarates with an apology for what they called a tragic mistake. When Zarate pressed charges, the sheriff charged them with larceny but the prosecutor said there was no “evidence of criminal intent.”
Maya was seized and killed in 2014. I’ve never been involved in an on-going years-long court case and I hope I never am. I can understand just wanting it to be over.
The Zarate family lawyer William H. Shewmake said,
The Zarates felt that the settlement reflects the grievous loss of their beloved Maya. And it allows the Zarates to bring some closure to a very painful chapter of their lives. They're glad the case has been settled.