Officer Testifies In PETA Case

Graphic testimony in the third day of the PETA trial involving two former workers of that animal rights group charged with felony animal cruelty. Adria Hinkle and Andrew Cook are charged with 21 counts each of animal cruelty, littering and obtaining property by false pretenses. The lead investigator in the case, Ahoskie Police detective Jeremy Roberts, testified he saw 12 large trash bags containing eight dead puppies and four dead cats in the back of a white van he claims belonged to Hinkle and Cook. During cross examination detective Roberts said, "PETA didn't operate the van and dump the animals, your defendants did." Lawmen say they caught Hinkle and Cook dumping the bodies of animals in a dumpster behind a shopping center in Ahoskie in Hertford County last summer. Testimony in the case continues Friday.