There is video evidence and an admission by PETA that two representatives of the group stole an owned chihuahua called Maya from her home on October 20 and killed her. Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin brought charges against the two women but the commonwealth’s attorney has declined to prosecute the case. At issue for the commonwealth’s attorney is “intent”.
The video, which can be seen in this news story as well as on this Facebook page, appears to show the PETA van backing into the owner’s driveway, one of the women getting out and attempting to coax Maya off her porch by tossing treats toward her, then walking onto the porch and taking Maya away to the van.
The mobile home park owner reportedly had authorized PETA to pick up stray dogs in the mobile home park. But Maya was obviously not a stray, refusing to venture far from her own porch, even when lured with treats. To my mind, the video shows criminal intent: the PETA employees know they are only authorized to pick up strays and since Maya clearly isn’t one, they attempt to legitimize her theft by luring her away from her porch, presumably so they can claim they found her wandering in the mobile home park and deemed her to be stray.
There is a rally outside the commonwealth attorney’s office slated for Monday at 10am in the town of Accomac. If you attend, please let us know how it goes. For those outside the area, respectful letters requesting the commonwealth’s attorney, Gary Agar, pursue charges against PETA for the theft and killing of Maya can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Thanks to everyone who sent me links on this story.)