Jury selection will continue today in the trial of two animal rights activists charged with animal cruelty after they were discovered dumping dead animals in a trash bin.
Adria J- Hinkle, of Norfolk, Virginia, and Andrew B- Cook, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, are charged with 21 counts each of animal cruelty in addition to charges of littering and obtaining property by false pretenses. Both volunteered with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA.
Prosecutors in Winton, a town in northeastern North Carolina, interviewed potential jurors yesterday. They asked them if they were pet owners or hunters, and whether they had ever euthanized a pet.
Hinkle and Cook were PETA volunteers in Norfolk when they offered to take animals from crowded animal shelters in Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties. Their lawyer said the load of animals became too large, and the workers began euthanizing the dogs and cats.
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