As a state agency’s investigation is about to become public record, the Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is breaking its silence on the bizarre ordeal.
It’s our fault, the agency acknowledges. We’re very sorry. And we’ll do whatever it takes to keep it from happening again.
A contract PETA worker who previously was the agency’s human resources director took 3-year-old Maya last fall from the family’s porch in Parksley and had the dog killed the same day.
The state has determined that PETA violated state law by failing to ensure that the animal was properly identified and failing to keep the dog alive for five days before killing it, according to the notice from the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Because of this “critical finding” and the “severity of this lapse in judgment,” the agency issued PETA the organization’s first-ever violation and imposed the largest fine allowed, $500.