- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A former Southern California chinchilla rancher who sued PETA has died only hours after a court hearing.

An attorney for Lurlie Adams says the 90-year-old Vista resident suffered a burst aorta on Dec. 4. Michael Curran tells U-T San Diego (https://bit.ly/1yRfto8 ) that his client had been under a lot of stress in recent months.

Adams sued PETA and one of its donors for $2.5 million last October, two months after they bought her chinchilla ranch and shut it down.

The 422 animals were given to the San Diego Humane Society.

Adams claimed the animal rights group misrepresented itself in the sale and damaged her reputation by alleging she mistreated the rodents.

Curran says he believes he still has enough evidence to be granted a trial.


Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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