PETA Wants Criminal Prosecution in PETCO Case
3/21/2013 (Updated 3/22/2013 6:22:00 PM)PETA is hoping that Broome County's District Attorney will press Animal Cruelty charges against managers at the Johnson City PETCO, for failure to take action to save hundreds of animals that drowned during the flood in September of 2011.
But PETA says D.A. Gerald Mollen doesn't feel there is enough evidence to establish criminal liability, and that managers' "misjudgements" during extraordinary and fast developing circumstances, don't warrant criminal prosecution.
PETA, which stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, disagrees.
Dan Paden, a Cruelty Investigator for PETA says its reading of official police documents show that managers at PETCO knew there was a serious risk of flooding and did nothing to ensure the safety of the animals or remove them even though the situation worsened over a number of hours, giving store managers more than adequate time to react.
PETA is basing its conclusions on statements store employees and managers made to the Johnson City Police, following the flood.
The documents were obtained by PETA through a Freedom of Information request.
Fox 40 has been unable to reach PETCO, or District Attorney Mollen for a response.
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