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So Many Questions Surrounding Maya’s Theft …

Since I wrote my initial blog post on being rescued by Black Boy I have started digging deeper into what happened to Maya the Chihuahua. Now I have so many questions banging around in my head that I can barely think straight. And I’m frustrated because the more I dig the more questions I have. So I’ve decided to write some of them down. Not because I think I’ll get any answers from PETA but because I need to try to sort them.

1. I’ve been told by supporters of PETA that the employees who stole Maya believed she was a stray since she did not have her collar and tags on. But it seems that PETA, prior to the day Maya was stolen, had not only visited the trailer park where Maya and her family lived but had sat on the porch from which Maya was stolen and visited with her family. So how can PETA supporters still assert that she was a stray? Did PETA also, originally, before sending a fruit basket to Maya’s family, assert this?

2. We are now being told that one of the employees who stole Maya has been fired because her actions were a violation of PETA policy and Virginia law. If her actions really were a violation of PETA policy, rather than PETA SOP (which I believe is true based on my own tenure with PETA), why wasn’t she fired immediately — both for violating policy and for breaking the law? Why did PETA hire a lawyer to defend her and the other employee who assisted in Maya’s theft? Why wait until SB 1381 is before the Virginia assembly, and then have PETA’s lobbyist announce that one of the employees who stole and killed Maya had been fired?

3. We are also told that PETA employees were at the trailer park rounding up strays for a local farmer, who claims the dogs were attacking his livestock. What business did PETA have rounding up strays? And, according to Virginia law (specifically, Subsection 3.2-6546 C): ” C. An animal confined pursuant to this section shall be kept for a period of not less than five days, such period to commence on the day immediately following the day the animal is initially confined in the facility, unless sooner claimed by the rightful owner thereof.” Why wasn’t Maya held for that five day period? For that matter …

4.  It is my understanding that other animals were rounded up that day. How many were rounded up? Has PETA released the records of intake for that particular day? What happened to the animals who were rounded up with Maya? Why weren’t they held for the five day period required by law? I know we can assume they were also killed but has PETA ever addressed this aspect of what happened that day? Their lives matter too.

These questions are just the tip of it for me. And I’m frustrated by the lack of answers from PETA, I’m more frustrated because we may never get the answers to these questions and others. We all know, if there hadn’t been video of Maya’s theft, the story of Maya would just be another whisper in the wind; the word of one family, who would have been painted as negligent at best by PETA, against the PETA giant. But I am certain of this: Maya’s family is not the only one to have had an animal stolen from them by PETA.

I am urging folks in Virginia whose animals have “disappeared,” especially in areas where CAP works, to come forward and ask PETA about your animals. And I am asking people who have surrendered their animals to PETA for the purposes of rehoming them to ask PETA what happened to the animal? Ask for proof, ask for adoption records. Don’t just take their word for it. There are answers here, we must be relentless in our search for them.

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19 thoughts on “So Many Questions Surrounding Maya’s Theft …

  1. Thank you so much for addressing the Horror that is PeTA

  2. Jackson on said:

    Agreed Heather!! With all the evidence that the PETA workers were familiar with that dog and that they killed it within 3 days, how could that prosecutor not have found criminal intent? I just don’t get it, the case should be re-opened and I hope the family sues in civil court at least.

  3. Jackson on said:

    Also, Nathan Winograd asserts that two children were paid by the PETA workers to go away. I don’t know what his source is for this but I’d really like to find out. Seems like yet another point of evidence for the prosecutor to find criminal intent.

    • Interesting. I don’t understand why the charges were dropped, at the very least it can be proven that they didn’t wait the required 5 days before killing her and the other animals they picked up that day.

  4. Mary Drayer on said:

    PETA was also required under VA law to notify the local public shelter with descriptions of any stray animals they took into custody in that jurisdiction and also post their contact information in the public shelter so that people looking for lost animals could reach them. There is no evidence that PETA did either.

  5. Jackson on said:

    This is from an email PETA’s lobbyist sent to delegates before the vote for SB1381

    “Last fall a PETA worker made a major error – and her contract was terminated for that. In the course of rounding up strays in a trailer park (with the landowner’s permission), the worker also captured a companion animal. Then the worker broke PETA regulations and state law and the dog was put down right away and not held for several days, as required. The commonwealth’s attorney investigated and no charges were brought. An administrative complaint process is about to be concluded, and PETA expects to pay a fine and sign a consent resolution. But VDACS will not shut that operation down because of one error. PETA readily and with regret admits the error.”

    He admits they broke state law by killing Maya within the 5 day period but apparently they will only be fined. Seems like a criminal offense to me or, at the very least, PETA should have it’s shelter license revoked but we as a society place very little value on animals lives which I think explains it.

    Still, with the evidence that the PETA workers were familiar with the family before the theft it is really weird that the prosecutor didn’t feel he could prove criminal intent….

  6. It is weird. I wonder if he felt intimidated by PETA’s lawyers? I have another question, the lobbyist states that the “landowner” gave permission for PETA to round up strays on his property, but I’ve been given info that leads me to believe that a local farmer requested they do that. Are we to assume, then, that the farmer is the owner of the trailer park? And, while he may have given his permission for them to be there, that still does not mean they can kill the dogs they’ve rounded up immediately. So where’s the explanation from PETA about those other dogs??

  7. Many of us are asking the very same questions, Heather. Somehow PeTA always seems to weasel their way out of any real legal consequence for their law breaking. But I guess that’s easier to do with upwards of $30 million in your coffers (year after year)…..$30 million isn’t enough money for PeTA to save a few animal’s lives with, but it sure is enough to hire expensive lawyers and lobbyists to help you get away with breaking the law. Or several laws, in the case of Maya.

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  9. I’ve been looking for the signing SB 1381 into law on the Virginia Legislative page, but can’t seem to find it. I’ve been posting things in SF weekly for 2 weeks about Maya & SB 1381 to maybe reach more people & the whole truth of PETA (Haven’t gotten banned yet! LOL! Of course there have been the die hard Ingrid fans who keep coming back with ridiculous posts with the good of PETA). I do greatly appreciate you coming forward with your revelations of working for PETA & would hope former employees would follow in your footsteps! My companion animals are my kids & my world-Maya (& other companion animals) stolen & killed by PETA) should never be forgotten!

  10. Heather,

    Can you please contact the Virginia Governor again? The local newspaper (Virginia Pilot) has printed an article with PETA “Devastated” re: the stealing & killing of Maya i.e trying to prevent the Governor from signing SB 1381 (Check out Nathan Winograd’s Web page). I’m not a resident of Virginia unfortunately or I’d also be calling urging the Governor to sign the Bill into law & the reasons why this bill is needed to be signed into law. Thanks!

  11. Joyce King on said:

    The same thoughts have been plaguing me concerning this. I’m just afraid that people will forget once this dies down and peta will go about their business of murdering animals. They must be stopped, once and for all.

  12. I ask the same questions and why their kill rate is so very high and I’m told by their rabid apologists (who apparently have little to do but troll pages looking for people to attack on PETA’s behalf) that the PETA “shelter” only takes owner surrenders, not strays, and all the dogs they take are suffering or old and need a kind end. Except…there are numerous shelters in my area that are open-intake and the three biggest have higher monthly intakes than PETA has for an entire year, yet they manage to save a much higher percentage of animals (even the ones that don’t really care to do so) than PETA can manage, and their budgets and bully pulpits to rally the community are nothing like what PETA enjoys. This makes me agree that PETA from the top down is a culture that doesn’t make any real effort to save them and assumes death is the cure for even treatable injuries, behaviors, illnesses and simply not being presently attached to a caring person. Wait. We are supposed to “enjoy” companion animals from a distance and not oppress them with our selfish need to be loved by them. Can anyone explain how PETA can have it both ways?

    • I was shocked to learn that PETA claims most of the animals it takes in are owner surrenders for euthanasia due to age, suffering, etc. That lie wasn’t one that was used when I worked there but, man, they are so good at lying and they will say anything to justify their killing of animals. I’ve come to believe, more and more, that overpopulation is just yet another excuse they use to kill. The real reason, in my opinion, is that the true believers honestly believe they are preventing future suffering by killing animals, because humans (they believe) are incapable of truly loving and caring for animals. It’s so sick and twisted.

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