In 2011, PETA killed 96% of the dogs and cats its facility took in. Very few dogs and cats make it out of the PETA pet killing facility alive. Among the few who did last year, PETA claimed it had transferred 41 pets to other VA facilities. FOIA requests were filed with the municipal facilities to try and determine what happened to these animals after PETA dropped them off. (Note: The VA Beach SPCA is a private facility which adopts and kills animals so is not subject to FOIA requests.)
In reviewing the records, I found that in most cases, the numbers did not seem to match up between what PETA stated and what the receiving facility stated. In addition, every facility PETA sent animals to is a killing facility. As such, the issue of displacement killing (killing animals already in the pound when new transfers arrive) must be considered. While these facilities do not keep track of how many dogs and cats were killed due to displacement, it is a real possibility.
In the table below, the first two columns are from the annual PETA filing with the state of VA. (Column 1 is the facility PETA says pets were sent to and Column 2 is the number of animals PETA says it sent.) The last two columns are information from the receiving facility. (Column 3 indicates what the receiving facility said in response to the records request and Column 4 is the receiving facility’s kill rate for dogs & cats.)
|Suffolk AC||2 dogs transferred||Records do not exist||57%|
|Norfolk Animal Care Center||3 dogs transferred||3 RTO, 1 killed, 1 adopted||46%|
|Portsmouth HS||3 dogs transferred||2 RTO||28%|
|Chesapeake AC||1 dog transferred||Record not located||54%|
|Isle of Wight Co AC||1 dog transferred||Records not provided||29%|
|VA Beach SPCA||25 dogs, 6 cats transferred||Records not provided but director||Unknown|
|says all 31 were adopted|
Note: Chesapeake AC and Isle of Wight AC both indicated they would need more information than what PETA provides on its annual filing in order to locate the records of the 1 dog each facility reportedly received from PETA last year.
While there are still some unanswered questions regarding the pets PETA says it transferred last year, it is clear that at least 1 was killed and other pets may have been killed due to being displaced at the receiving facilities. For more on the tragedy of PETA’s 2011 kills, click here.