“We want to hold them accountable for what they do and we look forward to a trial in this case,” Zarate family attorney William Shewmake said by phone Tuesday.
The 11-page lawsuit alleges trespassing and emotional distress. Court documents said that on the day Maya was taken from the home in Parksley, the family bought her a pillow at the store, but came back and couldn’t find her. After Maya was killed, PETA representatives came to the Zarate home with a fruit basket, according to the lawsuit. The paperwork said once Zarate’s daughter learned the bad news, she cried for weeks and lost sleep and weight.
“They’ve lost a member of their family, as anybody who has a dearly beloved pet understands, they’re a member of your family,” Shewmake said.
PETA said residents in that area had asked for help with abandoned dogs. The state later fined PETA $500 because it failed to keep the dog alive for the amount of time required by law.