The defendants, Andrew Benjamin Cook and Adria Joy Hinkle, each face 22 counts of Cruelty to Animals and 3 counts of Obtaining Property By False Pretenses. If convicted, they could face between 25 and 30 months in prison for each Cruelty to Animals count.
On June 15, 2005, police in Ahoskie, North Carolina witnessed Hinkle and Cook throwing trash bags -- containing the bodies of 18 dead pets -- into a shopping-center dumpster. After arresting them, police recovered 13 additional dead animals from the PETA-owned van in which the two were traveling. Witnesses from the Ahoskie Animal Hospital and the Bertie County Animal Shelter later confirmed that Hinkle and Cook had collected the animals, including puppies and kittens, earlier that day on the promise that PETA would find them adoptive homes.
Government records from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services show that in 2005, the Norfolk-based PETA killed 90 percent of the animals it took in for adoption. By comparison, the nearby Norfolk SPCA killed less than 4 percent of its animals in that same year. The state average was 43 percent. Since 1998, PETA has put down over 14,400 dogs and cats. PETA's 2006 numbers will be made public by the end of January.
The previous/original version of this post linked to the website of the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a lobbying organization that is even more reprehensible to me than PETA; a watchdog group funded by the fast food, meat and tobacco industries to name a few. In addition to their campaign against PETA, they have also campaigned against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I didn't take time to check my sources which I usually do. A friend alerted me to this error, thus the edited version of this post. Thanks S!