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PETA employees charged with animal cruelty

Discussion in 'Canine News/Informative Articles' started by JanS, Mar 1, 2019.

  1. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    AHOSKIE, N.C. — Two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals were charged with animal cruelty for allegedly picking up dogs and cats from shelters and dumping their dead bodies in the garbage.

    Police said they found 18 dead animals in the bin and 13 more in a van registered to the activist group, all from shelters in the state’s northeastern corner.

    Investigators arrested the two workers after staking out a garbage bin where animals had previously been dumped, police said Thursday.

    PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said the workers were picking up animals to be brought to PETA headquarters for euthanization. Veterinarians and animal control officers said the PETA workers had promised to find homes for the animals rather than euthanize them, according to police.

    Neither police nor PETA offered any theory on why the animals might have been dumped.

    PETA spokeswoman Colleen O’Brien said the organization euthanizes animals by lethal injection, which it considers more humane than gassing animals in groups, as some counties do.

    The group scheduled a news conference Friday in Norfolk, Va., where the group is based.

    Police charged Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Va., each with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty and eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals. They were released on bond.

    No home telephone number was listed for either Hinkle or Cook, and a message left for Cook at PETA headquarters was not returned. A PETA spokesman said he did not know how to reach Hinkle.

    Original source: PETA employees charged with animal cruelty
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  2. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli Hot Topics Subscriber

    Ironic isn't it? I am glad this was published but I wish we could know why they were dumped like that afterwards. How do shelters dispose of bodies? Are they normally cremated together?
  3. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    And did they steal them from the shelter? How does one manage to just take so many dogs?
    • I was wondering about that too! I was wondering about that too! x 1
  4. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    PETA at its finest.
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  5. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

    I used to think it was just some urban myth about PETA killing all those pets because how could anyone get away with it for so long like as if they are judge, jury, and executioner. There seems to be quite a bit of public support for them as well, but I bet most people don’t realize what kind of work they do “for” pets.
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  6. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    I honestly don't know but they probably are cremated together since that apparently is an option. I didn't know about it until a friend said it can be an individual one so all of your pets cremains come back, a semi private one or a mass one. I guess it all depends on how much you want to spend and PETA obviously doesn't want to spend a dime of their precious greed money.
    It sounds like it was a bunch of different shelters in one corner or region of a state and their promise to rehome them obviously wasn't their intention at all.
  7. Lizbeli

    Lizbeli Hot Topics Subscriber

    I would imagine they are all cremated together. When I had my guy cremated I had the option of individual or group cremation. Paid the premium for the single. On top of his stained glass Urn it wasn't cheap!
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