An animal rights worker accused of euthanizing animals in the back of a van and then dumping their bodies in a trash bin has apologized on the witness stand.
Adria Hinkle testified that she was supposed to bring the animals collected in northeastern North Carolina back to the Norfolk, Virginia, offices of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. But she said the smell in the van had overwhelmed her in the past and that made it hard to drive home.
She and her co-worker Andrew B. Cook decided instead to drop the animal carcasses into a bin behind a grocery store in Hertford County, about 50 miles southwest of Norfolk.
Hinkle says she regrets the decision and that it was disrespectful to the community.
She and Cook each face 21 counts of animal cruelty, along with charges of littering and obtaining property by false pretenses.