The tox results are back on the Hinkle/Cook/PeTA case, and they are positive for both Ketamine and Pentobarbital. These are Schedule III drugs, meaning they can only be purchased by a licensed veterinarian.
Ahoskie Police Detective Jeremy Roberts said Tuesday he had received confirmation concerning the drugs found in the van occupied by two workers for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) last month.
"We have received confirmation from the SBI Crime Lab the drugs contained in the tackle box were Ketamine and Pentobarbital," Roberts said.
The Sergeant said the bottles were labeled with the professional name of the drugs.
According to Roberts, the drugs are Schedule III drugs which are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and could only be purchased by a licensed Veterinarian.
An investigation by the Ahoskie Police Department and the Bertie County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of a pair of workers for PETA.
Following surveillance, a white panel van was observed stopping alongside a dumpster in Ahoskie. A person in the van then tossed several dark-colored bags into the dumpsters before attempting to pull away.
A traffic stop led to the arrest of Adria Joy Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, Virginia and Andrew Benjamin Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The two were charged with a combined 62 felony counts of cruelty to animals as well as a combined 16 counts of illegal disposal of animals. At their first appearance, a charge of illegal trespassing was added to each person's charges.
Those charges came after officers found the bags contained 18 dead dogs, including on with seven puppies. An additional 13 dogs were found inside the van. They were also dead.
One of the other two items, a tackle box, contained the Ketamine and Pentobarbital.
At the request of this newspaper, Dr. Cheryl Powell of the Powellsville Pet Clinic shared information about the two drugs.
Dr. Powell, who is a licensed veterinarian, said Ketamine is primarily used as aesthetic drug that is used to sedate animals.
"You would have to get carried away with that drug to kill," Dr. Powell said.
She said the Pentobarbital was the sedative given to animals to euthanize them.
In both cases, Dr. Powell said a DEA license was required purchase the drugs.
Detective Roberts said the APD would be waiting for approximately two more weeks to see if the drugs in the tackle box were the same as those in the dogs that were found in the bags.
I think it's pretty clear what the analysis of the drugs from the tackle box will show.
The proceedings (a probable cause hearing) against Hinkle and Cook, originally scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 19, has been continued until August 16:
A court hearing was postponed Tuesday for two PETA employees charged with animal cruelty, illegal disposal of animal carcasses and trespassing after Ahoskie police say they saw dead animals being thrown into a grocery store trash bin June 15.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys asked for more time, and the probable-cause hearing was postponed, Assistant District Attorney Donnie Taylor said. The hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 16.
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Andrew B. Cook, 24, of Virginia Beach, and Adria J. Hinkle, 27, of Norfolk, were charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty, eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals and one count of trespassing. Both were released on $35,000 bond.
PETA started picking up animals in northeastern North Carolina in 2001 when a caller informed the group of poor conditions in shelters, according to a written apology PETA president Ingrid Newkirk sent to Bertie County officials.
Bertie and Northampton County officials and one Ahoskie veterinarian who said he gave PETA three healthy cats that were found dead in Ahoskie on June 15 said they believed that adoptable animals would find new homes, while sick, injured and wild animals would be euthanized.
In an apology letter to Northampton County officials, Newkirk wrote that dumping animals in trash bins “is wrong and in violation of PETA policy.”
PETA typically puts down animals in Norfolk and cremates the carcasses, Newkirk said in a June 17 press conference.
“We are not in the home finding business, although it is certainly true that we do find homes from time to time for the kind of animals people are looking for,” Newkirk wrote to Northampton County officials. “Our service is to provide a peaceful and painless death to animals who no one wants.”
Can you believe this? Here's PeTA's president and the queen bee of the AR movement — a movement based on the ideological cornerstone that the life of a human is of no greater value than the life of an animal — telling us that an animal's rights depend on whether or not someone wants the animal! If a human wants the animal, it lives! If a human doesn't want an animal, it dies!
This is the same PeTA that has recently begun a propaganda campaign likening the human use of animals, among other things, to slavery!
So — according to PeTA, animals have rights. But they lose all their rights, including the right to life, and can be killed unless someone wants to keep them as a slave, which PeTA opposes and is campaigning against.
Why on earth would anyone contribute money to any organization with a message that is so incoherent?
And as for PeTA not being in the home finding business . . . that's true enough. And they are well-practiced in the art of snuffing animals who lost their rights because nobody wants them — and even some which, evidently, could easily have been adopted to people who might well have wanted them, had they been kept alive? PeTA has killed over 12,000 animals in the last 5.5 years, close to 80% of those taken in, which is a far higher percentage than the number killed in nearby shelters.
What Newkirk doesn't come to grips with is the fact that those who surrendered animals to PeTA were told repeatedly and in no uncertain terms by PeTA's agents would not be killed unless absolutely necessary. And Newkirk conveniently does not mention she hereself is on record as having claimed that PeTA's shelter could become a no-kill one virtually overnight.
PeTA, in their current crisis, is clearly showing that what the AR people are selling (and people are buying!) is not a lofty moral standard, a higher level of ethics, but a attitude, one which can shift and change according to what is momentarily expedient.
And why, I ask yet again, the silence from from the likes of Professor Steven Best and Dr. Jerry Vlasak? Neither has been reluctant to speak his piece before.
Where are the terrorist ALF "direct actions" against PeTA? Why doesn't PeTA2, PeTA's website for children, encourage its desciples to express their outrage against Ms Newkirk and Co., like they did against Wet Seal?
Although Newkirk sent apology letters to Bertie and Northampton officials, both counties cut ties to PETA pending the trials of Cook and Hinkle. The counties are now euthanizing animals without help from PETA.
If the hearing takes place Aug. 16, a judge would decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed with the case, Taylor said.
PETA, which is paying legal fees for the two charged in the case, suspended Hinkle for 90 days and did not discipline Cook.
PeTA has a long history helping to defray the legal and other expenses of it's fellow travelers (scroll down to Blackeye).
What more can I say?