- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

NORFOLK (AP) - A multi-million dollar civil suit will proceed against an animal-rights group whose employees allegedly kidnapped and euthanized a family’s Chihuahua on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in 2014.

WBOC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/28TXppz ) that a judge in Norfolk recently released an opinion that allows the case to move forward. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals had filed motions to dismiss the suit. A trial date hasn’t been.

Maya, the Chihuahua, was a Christmas present to then 9-year-old Cynthia Zarate. The lawsuit claims the death caused the girl to cry for weeks and lose sleep and weight.

PETA General Counsel Jeffrey S. Kerr said in a statement that it’s prepared to vigorously defend the remaining claims against the organization. Kerr called it a “sham lawsuit based on lies, half-truths and a lack of legal foundation.”

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