PETA Killed Family’s Pet Chihuahua – Truth! & Investigation Pending!

PETA Killed Family’s Pet Chihuahua – Truth! & Investigation Pending!

Summary of eRumor:

Workers from PETA took a pet Chihuahua from the front porch of a home in Virginia and put the dog to death.

The Truth:

It’s true that a man from Virginia claims that two PETA workers took his family’s pet dog, Maya, from his front porch and put her death.

The man reported his dog stolen in October after he returned home to find her missing from his front porch. A home security system recorded video of a woman plucking the dog from his front porch and loading her into a PETA van.

Accomack County Sheriff Todd Godwin told an NBC affiliate that he arrested the PETA workers and referred larceny charges against them to the commonwealth attorney’s office. However, Accomack County Commonwealth Attorney Gary Agar said there wasn’t “criminal intent” in the case and declined to file the charges.

Godwin said both of the women were working on behalf of the PETA Community Assistance Program when the alleged theft occurred.  

PETA has declined to comment on the allegations. Future updates will be posted here.

The animal advocacy group came under fire in 2013 when reports surfaced that as many as 96 percent of the animals that pass through its animal shelters are euthanized.