After discovering dead dogs and cats dumped in a shopping center dumpster each Wednesday for four weeks, police in Ahoskie, NC, staked out the location. In June, they charged two employees of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) with animal cruelty for dumping the euthanized pets.

Police say they found 18 dead animals in the bin and another 13 in a van registered to PETA. The animals were from animal shelters in Northampton and Bertie counties, police said. The pair — a man and woman — were each charged with 31 felony counts of animal cruelty and eight misdemeanor counts of illegal disposal of dead animals.