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Peta people threw 31 dead animals into a NC shopping center dumpster; arrested on felony cruelty, these PETA perverts are from the Norfolk, VA group subsequently indicted in 2015.  Now What?






Who killed the vanload of 31 dogs and cats animals that PETA threw into a dumpster in NC?  They were alive and well when PETA people rescued them from veterinarians.


4/15/2008 - NORTH CAROLINA The North Carolina Court of Appeals today overturned littering charges against two animal rights workers in Hertford County who had been convicted last year of the lesser offenses after a high-profile trial on allegations of animal cruelty.


AP reported this NC case in 2005 accurately stating "Police charged Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Va., each with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty and eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals. They were released on bond." subscribers are mostly professional dog people; breeders, kennel club officers, dog show judges, and not a few of them are practicing attorneys.  Eyebrows were raised over the 2008 NC Appeals Court action.


Readers want to know what kind of power could possibly influence the court to lower animal cruelty charges to "littering"? What legal precedent then allowed the Appeals Court to make it all go away?  Then, incredibly, the littering charges against Hinkle and Cook were overturned because the prosecution failed to prove that a dumpster is not the proper place for trash!

Hinkle and Cook were employed by PETA when they were caught June 15, 2005, dumping euthanized animals into a trash bin at a shopping center in Ahoskie, N.C. According to The Virginian-Pilot, an unnamed judge reduced the 21 felony animal cruelty counts to only 8 misdemeanors after Hinkle and Cook took the stand in their own defense.


It is extremely unlikely that any veterinarian would kill the dogs and cats only to turn them over to PETA, which by the way stands for People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals.  Every vet's office is required to have contract pick up services for euthanized animals.


There had been previous reports and police in the Town of Ahoskie were on the lookout.  They did a traffic stop on the van which was registered to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) based in Norfolk, Va. PETA employees Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, and Adria Joy Hinkle, were arrested when police checked out the van and discovered 13 dead animals and euthanasia drugs.


The more than 30 dead animals, including those pulled from the Piggly Wiggley dumpster were properly buried by town employees.


New warrants filed against PETA pair

By Cal Bryant,

dateline 10/15/05 - It's a brand new ballgame.


New charges have been filed against a pair of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) employees arrested June 15 in Ahoskie.


Yesterday (Friday) morning, Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Va. and Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Va. appeared in Hertford County District Court on new charges of obtaining property by false pretense as well as revised animal cruelty charges.


Cook and Hinkle now face three counts each of obtaining property by false pretense. Those charges stem from the three cats/kittens allegedly picked-up by the pair on June 15 from Ahoskie Animal Hospital (AAH).


In an earlier statement made to this newspaper by Dr. Pat Proctor, owner of AAH, he said he contacted PETA in regards to picking-up the animals. He further stated that Hinkle and Cook came to his business on June 15 and picked-up the animals, promising to find them good homes. However, the cat and her two kittens, all judged by Proctor as in good health and adoptable, were among the 31 dead animals linked to Hinkle's and Cook's possession on the day of their arrest.


Additionally, the initial 31 felony cruelty to animals charges lodged against both Hinkle and Cook were dismissed. According to Hertford County Clerk of Court records, those charges were replaced by 22 counts each of felony cruelty to animals.


"The new cruelty to animals charges were written and served in order to correct some language over the ownership of the total number of animals and to have the new warrants serve a purpose of more properly identifying the animals," Valerie Mitchell Asbell, District 6B Attorney, said on Friday. "The 22 new warrants address those changes."


Asbell added she advised Hertford County District Court Judge W. Rob Lewis that she plans to take the new charges before the Hertford County Superior Court Grand Jury on Oct. 31.


The illegal dumping and misdemeanor trespassing charges as originally issued remain a part of the case against Hinkle and Cook.


Hinkle is being represented by Rich Square attorney Jack Warmack. Cook's general counsel is Mark Edwards of Durham.


Hinkle and Cook were arrested by the Ahoskie Police Department late in the afternoon of June 15 after law enforcement officials, on a stake-out, observed a white van in which the two were operating stop in an area located behind Piggly Wiggly in Ahoskie's Newmarket Shopping Center and toss several black bags in a commercial dumpster.


At that time, a traffic stop was initiated on the van - a vehicle registered to PETA.


The bags located in the dumpster contained 18 dead dogs, including one bag containing seven puppies. An additional 13 dead animals, including the mother cat and her two kittens, were found in the van.


Twenty-two of the animals discovered on June 15 were collected the same day by Hinkle and Cook from the Bertie County Animal Shelter, as confirmed by Bertie Animal Control Officer Barry Anderson. An autopsy performed later on one of those dogs revealed the animal was in good health prior to its death.


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