PETA, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has apologized and paid a family almost $49,000 after taking and euthanizing a little girl’s pet chihuahua.
EDITOR’S NOTE: PETA over the years has shown their willingness to go out of their way to do lots of wacky things. They love the spotlight, they love publicity and they love money. But one thing they don’t love is when they get caught kidnapping and killing people’s prized house pets, like Maya the chihuahua. Another thing they don’t like is when you find out that they kill over 85% of all the animals they “rescue”. In short, far-Left Liberal pet killers PETA is on a mission to kill your pets if you are foolish enough to leave them “unattended” in your own yard.
Two people affiliated with PETA traveled to the mobile home park because they said they had been asked for help picking up wild dogs and feral cats. They removed an unattended chihuahua called Maya, which was a Christmas present to nine-year-old Cynthia Zarate.
Her father, Wilber Zarate, from Virginia, sued the company after it picked up his daughter’s dog from the mobile home park and putting it down before a five day grace period was up.
Maya was put down the same day she was caught, which was a violation of a state law that requires a five-day grace period. PETA was fined $500 for the violation, and had to pay more after Mr Zarate took further action.
He claimed that the group operates under a policy of putting down healthy animals because it “considers pet ownership to be a form of involuntary bondage”.
PETA denied this, claiming the 2014 incident was a “terrible accident”.
The company settled the lawsuit, avoiding a trial in which Mr Zarate’s lawyers intended to ask the company about its past and present euthanasia policy.
PETA in the settlement agreed to pay the family $49,000 and donate $2,000 to a local branch of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) to honour Maya.
Mr Zarate had originally sought up to $7m.
The family’s attorney, 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.”
Both parties said in a joint statement: “PETA again apologizes and expresses its regrets to the Zarate family for the loss of their dog Maya. Mr Zarate acknowledges that this was an unfortunate mistake by PETA and the individuals involved, with no ill will toward the Zarate family.” source