As this article notes, as sad as this is, it's only going to spur accusations that animal lovers are also unfeeling human haters. In other words, we are abominations within our species.
It's a load of BS though. But most of us are used to it and can take it. But, again, it's a sad story for the victim and the accused. Even worse, the accused appears to have tried to cover up the hit-and-run.
I hope the sanctuary animals find good homes. They shouldn't be made to suffer for all this.