ACCOMACK COUNTY, Va. — The family of a dog, that was allegedly stolen and euthanized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is suing the animal rights group for up to $9 million, according to WAVY.
Wilbur Zarate gave his daughter a chihuahua named Maya to comfort her when she moved to the Eastern Shore of Virginia from Mexico.
Zarate told WAVY that his daughter was devastated when the dog went missing in October.
“My chihuahua, when she sees my car, she come(s) to me,” Zarate said. “That Saturday she did not come.”
When Zarate checked his security camera, he saw that two women had walked onto his porch, took Maya and put her in the back of a van that said “PETA” on the side.
“I was angry. I understand they pick up my dog, if it was in a tree or another place, but this is in my house,” Zarate told WAVY.
Three days later, the same two women returned to Zarate’s home with terrible news — Maya had been euthanized.
Zarate called the police and the two PETA workers were charged with larceny.
The Virginian-Pilot reported that the state later conducted an investigation and discovered that PETA violated state law by failing to properly identify the dog and keep it alive for five days before killing it.
Now Zarate and his daughter are suing PETA for $2 million and are asking for $5 million in punitive damages. On top of that, they are suing the two PETA workers, Victoria Carey and Jennifer Woods for $350,000 each.