The video was posted by Matt Little, a comedian who lives in New York. He subtitled the video “A rat tries to bring slice of pizza down subway station stairs. OR Master Splinter bringing food home to feed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?”
The short video has mesmerized the online community.
With some users equating the small rat’s struggle with their own lives.
What kind of person thinks this is funny? Here we have a slimebag from China who thought it was funny to tie two rats by their limbs to beer bottles and put them on trial where he was the judge, jury and executioner, and their punishment was to be hit over the head repeatedly with chopsticks D: This sick SOB must feel like a really big man for hurting two small helpless animals! >.< I hope that karma finds it's way and the same thing happens to him. The bastid needs to be tied up like a Pinata and whacked with a Kendo stick!
Here is a Kajiji ad poster from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia who's literally giving away free animals because their house is an overcrowded zoo. :-( Why are people like this allowed to own so many animals? D:
The guy has been seen to own many snakes and his rodents are kept in tiny tanks in crowded conditions. He breeds so many that he tries to sell them on Kajiji as a business. This trashead should not be allowed to own any animals! Even his so-called friends have wrote about him on Kingston's Dirtest, which says allot about the kind of person he is. You can read about him here: http://thedirty.com/gossip/kingston/kingstons-dirtiest/
There's a scumbag from Scranton, Pennsylvania, more specifically the town of Ashley who is a backyard feeder/breeder of rodents that keeps their animals in dirty, crowded fish tanks and tubs. People have said that the rats have been injured from fighting and sick with tumors. D: This is why we need stronger laws to protect animals of all sizes and to stop scumbags like this from being allowed to own any! >:-/
*edit there was a lucky rescue effort to get these rats out of there, many were sick with injuries and tumors and needed vet care but at least they were rescued!
Stop The inhumane treatment at Teske's Pet store. Shut it down!
Teske's is a local pet store in Moline, Illinois. Their treatment of animals is HORRIFIC. Some even ending in death. Here is Kane's story..
Darcy, a long time employee allowed Kane (Pictured minutes before death) to suffer. She stated she had him for 6 months prior (without any vet treatment). After customers complained to them about his condition, she finally gave him to someone who could better care for him. In the hands of his new care taker, is where he spent his last hours and took his final breath. Here is Jillians Story..
"Kane was, and still is, a huge part of this world. He was an animal at a local mom and pop pet shop that was neglected, and abused in the truest sense of the word. I went in to the shop and was notified that if I wanted Kane I could have him for free as he was started to get sick. Darcy, the "rat lady", at teskes in moline illinois, stated she had got him 6 months prior to this day when someone brought him in not wanting him anymore. She claimed she had only gotten a couple litters from him when he stopped breeding and was showing signs of being ill. Kane was on the sale floor. She would have sold him to anyone else for the price that was on his tank $8.99.
Kane was malnourished, had brittle white teeth and was so badly covered in mites and lice that they were very much so visible to the naked eye. She had no care done for him in any way besides a regular cleaning of his tank and just throwing food in for him, which he couldn't eat because his teeth were way too over grown. She admitted that in the whole time she'd known he was sick she didn't get him vet care. This animal was only in my home, life and family for 6 hours before he took his last breath while laying in my lap! There is no way that should go unpunished! Kane deserves justice! His life did not end in vain and I will only blatantly put it this way, what if it was your pet or your child that had suffered for SIX months!? Wouldn't you want justice? Wouldn't he/she DESERVE justice?"- Jillian.
We ask any and all to help us receive justice for Kane. Please sign and share this petition. We don't know how many other animals are in the care of this pet store, but we do know, if they couldn't take the time to care for a Rat, they have no right "caring" for any animal.
https://www.facebook.com/adventuresofRatBob/videos/533186420168471/ DO NOT buy the crinkle tubes from petco! RatBob got himself stuck and almost killed himself while i was at work. Came home and went to clean the cage and found him like this with thread wrapped around his throat. I have been speaking with the petco facebook page and trying to get them to take this off the shelf or at least not to market it towards rodents that chew.
Four rats lived happily together in a lovely large cage with plenty of toys and a wonderful balanced diet. They were adored and played with. They loved their owner and had a fantastic bond with each other. Someone snapped three of their necks for no reason other than cruelty. Three precious lives were taken away in the quick movement of someone's fingers. One rat was left alone without her siblings, with whom she had a beautiful and loving relationship. This person deserves to be fined and sentenced to time in prison for the disgusting act of killing three innocent and beautiful creatures! Please sign this petition to show your support and tell the world that you want justice served!
People like this Worm Lady who make blood money off selling live animals as food are sick slimebags! I hope that karma comes back to bite this bitch in the form of bad health problems because of what she does to small animals! Shops that sell live animals as food should be made illegal because live feeding is cruel and unnecessary! That said, it's too bad that Zombies don't exist as this Worm Lady certainly deserves to be eaten alive by them!
Now comes a video of dozens of white rats likely tasting freedom for the first time over near Hudson River Park.
According to our tipster, this 12-second rat rodeo clip (might want to keep the foil snug on that edamame falafel kimchi burrito until after you click) was taken around 8 p.m. yesterday evening on an elevated patch of grass next to 12th Avenue near 57th Street, next to the West Side Highway.
"Called the appropriate authorities and was told something along the lines of, 'This is NYC, there are rats here,' " says the anonymous tipster.
But according to Jason Munshi-South, an associate professor of biology at Fordham University who studies wildlife in New York City, these rats are probably someone's pets.
"White coat color would not be impossible in wild Norway rats…but certainly not at that frequency in one place in NYC. You can see juvenile rats running around in the video, so I think someone just dumped their captive, reproductive colony out in the median," Munshi-South told us in an email.
"Yet another tip-off is that the rats are just milling around above ground in the middle of the day. They are busy exploring this new environment (and probably confused). You will see wild rats out in the day, especially in big colonies, but they will be going in and out of their burrows. These rats don't seem to even have any burrows."
Munshi-South says it is unlikely that the rats are from a lab or "contaminated" with any infectious disease, and that there's is "probably less of a disease risk than the typical NYC rat."
We've contacted the Health Department and the Hudson River State Park Trust to see if either of them saved the rats. If not, Munshi-South says their hours could be numbered.
"Those rats are not going to last very long if someone doesn't rescue them. They'll be run over by cars, eaten by hawks, or attacked by wild rats. Clearly out of their element."
[UPDATE // 3:18 PM] A spokesman for Hudson River Park Trust tells us that the park does not maintain the medians next to the park, and that the park has not received any complaints about white rats. (A uniformed man with a shovel appears in a video of the rats posted by a commenter below.)
If you wish to donate funds to help the rescued NYC rats, please send them to Kristin Weber's Helping All Little Things. They took over a hundred of them yesterday, and are caring for them and nursing them back to health if at all possible. They are the ones that effectively did the most, and they are the ones who really need the help. HALT's Paypal is email@example.com. Please share. Thanks. (This is based on information given to me from Lisa after yesterday's drop off/pick up etc).
West Side Highway Rats update: message from Lisa: Update for social media. Please send to anyone who may be interested in posting.
This is a photo of Petunia, Rose, and Daffodil on their way to their new foster home with their guardian. These angels are the lucky ones: we continue to see more dying horrific deaths from the city's attempt to poison these sweet domestic animals. To date we have had 34 adopted, with 2 adoptions pending; and 13 taken for foster care. Babies continue to be born to the large number of females rescued from the West Side Highway in Manhattan. We desperately need fosters and adopters for upcoming litters. I will post a list of currently available for adoption soon. Individual kind humans, not affiliated with any rescue group, have put their lives on hold to go daily to try to save these doomed animals. There is no support from any city agency, there is no support from law enforcement, there is no support from media: this is not a story worth telling. Please help us help these poor defenseless animals find safety. They do not deserve to suffer and die these brutal deaths. Individuals continue to go out daily, but we need new help to relieve those exhausted by non-stop effort. We need people who are willing to hold these animals until they can be transported to a rescue in NJ. The rescue in NJ has taken more than 150 of these rats, and we would be hopeless without their assistance. If you cannot help any other way, please donate to their care. Literally every dollar counts. PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org, specify NYC rat rescue. Thanks to all who support is in our efforts to save these gentle souls.
Another way to help would be to purchase one of these t-shirts, long sleeve, sweatshirts, or hoodies, and the funding goes to help the rescued rats. =^.^=
Pet stores often do little in the way of seperating their rats into gender groups, and as a result, it’s likely that the female you just purchased is pregnant. It’s unfortunate that unplanned litters happen, but they do. The first step is not to panic: there are several steps you can take to ensure that the mother has a safe birth, and that she raises a happy litter.
1. At what age do rats hit sexual maturity?
Though rats are not considered fully grown until 7-10 months of age, they can become sexually mature at as young as four weeks. Rats generally become sexually active at about five weeks, and should be separated from littermates of the opposite gender at this age. If you've purchased a female who was kept in a mixed sex group and is over 5 weeks of age, there is a good chance that she is pregnant.
2. What is the gestation period?
The usual gestation period for a rat is 18-28 days. Most rats give birth sometime around the 21-23 day mark. If your rat is obviously pregnant and hasn't given birth by about the 25th day, it is probably best to consult a vet.
Here we have the ultimate of creeps, a man named Tyler from O'Fallon, Missouri. This scumbag posts two types of ads, one asking for unwanted pets to use as feeders, and two ones to offer pet rats for sale when either his snakes don't eat them or he no longer wants them. Well in the second ad some people close to his area contacted him about taking the three female dumbo rats (two were hairless and one not) shortly after the ad was posted, but the bastard replied to them and said "sorry, I fed them off already". The jerk also posts ads to sell off his various snakes when he's tired of them. Slimeballs like Tyler should not be allowed to own pets of any kind, and if it were up to me I'd lock this SOB up in jail and throw away the key!
All small pets (ferrets, rats, hamsters) deserve the same rights as bigger pets. They are still animals. A women in a group for small animals posted that her neighbor poisoned her pet rats, and admitted to it. After talking in the group we wanted to take a stand. They might be "pests" to people, but they are still loved by their owners. He had no right to enter their property, and kill their animals. The cops won't take it seriously. Help us have them understand.
This is a sad story of where a small animal rescue was condemned all because some stupid people dropped off a box of rats outside their place without having the decency to contact them and arrange a drop-off. All of this could have been avoided D: There really need to be stricter laws as to who can own pets, who can breed them and who can purchase them to prevent unwanted animal problems like this! >:-/ Too often it is the rescues that are left to solve the problem of taking in unwanted pets due to bad pet owners :-(
Animal rescue condemned over damage caused by rats
Jon Mills, WZZM 10:09 a.m. EDT May 27, 2015
FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The owner and operator of a small animal rescue in Fruitport Township was given until the end of Tuesday to find other homes for what could be more than 1,000 rats housed at the rescue along with other small animals.
The house on Airline Rd. near E. Mt. Garfield Rd., where Christine Bishop lives and operates Christine's Critter Cafe Rescue, was condemned this month because of significant structural damage
The rats are getting free from the rescue after chewing through walls.
Over the last two weeks Bishop estimates she's found foster homes for several hundred other rats.
Critter Cafe operated under a special ordinance variance that allowed no more than 80 small animals. An inspection this month found more than one dozen cats. The rescue's condition was reported to township leaders after someone went to Critter Cafe to make an adoption.
"Someone attempting to adopt a bird said we needed to rush over there because there is a horrific rat infestation," said Brian Wersham, Fruitport Township Supervisor.
Bishop says earlier this year someone dropped off a box of rats outside the home. Those rats weren't discovered right a way. Bishop says that one box of rats led to this.
"By the time they were found, they had already colonized in several different places," she said.
Police have an open investigation into alleged animal abuse and neglect. The state's Department of Natural Resources is also looking into the possibility some of the animals inside this home were wild and therefore illegal to keep as pets.
Supporters of the rescue hope police will turn their attention to finding the person who dropped off the rats here a few months ago.
The wife of Greg from this Kajiji ad threw one of the rats outdoors to die because it nipped her. She is denying some of the rats food and water. All rats are crammed into very tiny tanks etc I am speaking of the rats going as live snake food in shediac. There are approx. 12 boys and 12 girls. When people complained to the NBSPCA the investigator didn't seem to care because "they were just rats". :-( Well small pets are just as important and their lives matter too!
Rats Use Their Whiskers Like Humans Use Their Fingers
July 8, 2014 | by Justine Alford
Photo credit: Alexey Krasavin, via Wikimedia Commons
Researchers from the University of Sheffield have found that rats deliberately change the position and movement of their whiskers depending on various different factors, such as familiarity with the environment and the risk of bumping into objects, much like how a human uses hands and fingers. The findings therefore suggest that such whisker movement is under active control and is purposefully carried out in order to seek information. The study has been published in Current Biology.
Vibrissae are long, thick hairs found on almost all mammals, except humans, that are specialized for tactile (touch) sensing. While they’re found on various parts of the body, those located on the face (whiskers) are most frequently studied.
Rats and other small mammals are known to perform rhythmic back and forth sweeps of their whiskers during exploration (“whisking”), which is assumed to convey some sensory advantage to the animal. While it is known that this behavior allows the animal to locate interesting stimuli, to what extent the animals can deliberately modulate whisker movement was unknown. In particular, researchers did not know whether whisker control changes according to context, such as the availability of visual cues, which is a hallmark of “active sensing.”
In order to find out more, scientists trained rats, some of which were functionally blind, for several days to run circuits for food and then filmed them using high-speed videography. The researchers then observed how whisking changed according to certain variables, such as environmental familiarity and risk of collision with obstacles.
They found that blind rats in new environments moved slowly and performed broad, exploratory sweeps with their whiskers, but as the environment became more familiar they moved faster around the course and directed their whiskers in front of them, making smaller whisker movements in order to avoid unexpected collisions. Furthermore, in environments with increased risk of bumping into objects, blind rats pushed their whiskers further forward and moved more slowly, suggesting they were aware of the obstacles and changed their strategy accordingly.
They also discovered that sighted rats changed whisker control strategy as they got used to the environment and also when visual cues were removed by placing them in darkness.
Lead researcher Tony Prescott likened this behavior to how humans use their hands to detect obstacles whilst navigating in the dark. If the environment is familiar, humans will move faster than in novel environments, holding out their hands in front of them to avoid crashing into unexpected objects.
“All mammals except humans use facial whiskers as touch sensors. In humans we seem to have replaced this sense, in part, by being able to use our hand and fingers to feel our way,” added Prescott. “The rat puts its whiskers where it thinks it will get the most useful information, just as we do with our fingertips.”
Earth Blog Rats will save their friends from drowning
If one rat is drowning, another will step in to save it. The new finding suggests that these rodents feel empathy
Presented by Melissa Hogenboom
Saving another person from a life-or-death situation is something many of us do instinctively.
But it's not unique to humans. Many primates will also help each other out. They are our closest relatives, so it's likely that our ape-like ancestors behaved in similar ways.
In other words, our willingness to save others is an ancient trait, which modern humans have inherited.
This trait may go back a surprisingly long way. Rodents such as rats are much more distantly related to us, and our common ancestor with them must have lived millions of years ago. Yet according to a new experiment, rats will save their friends from drowning.
Rats have empathy too (Credit: Kim Taylor/NPL)
When one was soaked in water, another rat quickly learned how to operate a lever that would allow it to escape to a safe and dry area.
They did so even in the presence of a tempting chocolate treat, foregoing the lever that would release the food in favour of the one that would save the drowning rat.
The rats therefore engage in helpful "prosocial behaviour" even if there was no apparent reward. Saving a distressed rat was valuable to them.
Past experience played a role too. If the saviour rat had had a similar near-death experience, it was much quicker to help.
But when there was nobody to save, or the distressed rat was replaced with an inanimate object, the rats no longer pressed the lever.
We get by with a little help from our friends (Credit: Arco Images GmbH/Alamy)
Understanding that rats have empathy could lead the way for further studies giving insight into the neural basis of social behaviour.
"Empathy is one of the important abilities for our social life," said lead author of the study Nobuya Sato of Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.
If rats really do have empathy, we could start to find out how it works at a neural level.
That would help us understand the evolution of social behaviour, as well as psychological conditions where individuals lack empathy.
Empathy is usually seperated into emotional empathy and cognitive empathy, says Sato. The new study specifically suggests rats feel emotional empathy: the ability to share the emotional states of other individuals.
This sick bastid, this monster Corey Phillips deserves to be locked up in jail and to throw away the key, and believe me that's putting it nicely for such a piece of effing trash as he is for burning, stabbing and drowning poor little animals alive as he admits for the fun of it. >:-/ https://www.facebook.com/corey.dymock
Rat torturer Ryan Frank Geaghan convicted of animal cruelty after video-recording offences on smartphone
March 03, 20142:38PM
Sickening rat torture
A Facebook photo of rat torturer Ryan Frank Geaghan.
A GOLD Coast man who filmed himself torturing rats has been sentenced to 120 days in prison on each of four charges of animal cruelty.
Ryan Frank Geaghan, 24, was today ordered to serve the sentences concurrently, although he was released immediately because of time already served.
See the disturbing video above WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Southport magistrate Michael O’Driscoll also prohibited Geaghan from owning animals for five years.
RSPCA chief inspector Annabel Buchanan said she was glad Mr O’Driscoll had taken the matter so seriously.
“We believe Geaghan’s behaviour and acts of cruelty were particularly disturbing,’’ she said.
Geaghan, who pleaded guilty, trapped the rats in a box and poured boiling water over them on June 22 and 23, 2010.
Rats that survived were then repeatedly stabbed with a sharp metal implement.
Mr O’Driscoll said Geaghan’s conduct was immature, inexcusable and unacceptable.
The video was disturbing and that imprisonment was the only appropriate penalty.
Geaghan filmed the acts on his smartphone and a voice is heard making comments like: “People say I’m evil. I’m evil Knievel.’’ “You like that boiling water bro?’’ and “I can’t get enough of the squishin.’’
For mice which can squeeze through really tight spaces the idea bar spacing on the cages should be no more than 1/4 of an inch apart for adult mice and 1/8 of an inch apart for young mice. It should be no more than 1/2 inch apart for rats. With rodents, if the head gets through, they can squeeze the body through. Please correct this on your webpage?
http://www.thefunmouse.com/info/housing.cfm "The only cage bars that might be okay (depending on the mouse) are ¼ inch square (not tall or long bars but square mesh) or smaller. Most mice can fit out of bar cages, even if the bars are ¼ inch apart. Young or small mice can easily fit out 1/8 inch spaced bars. Almost all mice can fit out of anything that their skull can fit through. Note that their skull is much smaller than their head appears! Mice have a rather flat scull and they can really shimmy it between bars. The mice that don't escape from cage bars are either very over weight or just haven't had the desire to... yet. However, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. You never know when your mouse might think that and escape! "
http://www.northstarrescue.org/pet-care-information/pet-rat-care/138-a-guide-to-pet-rat-cages A cage won't be much good if it doesn't hold your rats in! The bar spacing that you will need will depend on the size of the rats that you plan on housing. If you are planning to house baby rats, the bar spacing should be 1/2" or less, where large adult rats can be housed in cages with 1" bar spacing. Most cages will have primarily horizontal or vertical bars with spacing between, the most secure cages are cages made with rectangular or square mesh with less than 1/2" spacing in each gap. Generally, cages with 1" bar spacing will hold large adult female rats or adult male rats, but some adult female rats may still be able to escape from cages with 1" bar spacing.
Recently, there has been some buzz about whether or not domesticated rats are considered companion animals. Felony charges in an animal abuse case were declined because the felony charge addresses abuse against companion animals and someone decided that rats are not companion animals. The matter is further complicated because the rats in question were likely largely intended to be fed to a snake.
All of us in the pet rat community know that rats are clearly companion animals and find it astonishing that we should even have to defend this. We also know that there is no difference between the rats that end up fed to snakes and the rats that we love and adore, and both deserve the same protections when it comes to abuse. However, those who have not walked in our shoes can have a hard time seeing through our eyes. Below is my attempt to provide others a glimpse into our world. Domesticated rats are companion animals. They love and are loved by their owners in the same way as cats or dogs and deserve the same protections.
My youngest son watching TV with one of our first rats, Weasel
Rats are one of the most popular pocket pets. Parents magazine describes them as “some of the best pets for small children” (http://www.parents.com/parenting/pets/kids/best-small-pets-for-your-child1/). They are sold as pets by pet stores and breeders and are adopted out by rescues. Pet supply stores, veterinarians, and online communities all cater to the pet rat. Rats make better pets than most small animals because they bond closely to their people and actively seek out human interaction. Rats are considered the small pet equivalent of a dog. Like dogs, they are loyal, highly intelligent, and can be trained to do tricks (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A07gDVLe14). Rats are often chosen as emotional support animals, and their close bond with people makes them especially suited to this role.
Bela and Ruby were intended to be snake food at a reptile store when Animal Control closed the store. They were adopted out to us by EARPS.
Domesticated rats are sometimes fed to snakes; however, there are no genetic, biological, or behavioral differences between rats fed to snakes and those kept as pets. In fact, many pet rats start out life destined for a snake. Some snake owners become attached to their rats and opt to keep some as pets alongside their snakes. Any living creature can be food for something else, but that does not define them. Rats are companion animals first and foremost. Just because it is legal for certain types of companion animals to be also used as food for other animals does not make it a lesser crime to abuse those animals. The abuse of any domesticated rat, regardless of what fate has been selected for him, should be prosecuted with the same severity as the abuse of any other companion animal.
My oldest son having some soup with Jo in his collar
Our family shares our home with two dogs and seven pet rats. We pay more in veterinary bills to care for our rats than we do for our dogs, because rats are vulnerable to many health issues that often require medication and/or surgery. We frequent two qualified veterinary practices to seek care for our rats, including treatment for injuries, illness, and tumors and elective procedures such as neuters (all of our girls get spayed and our boys get neutered when needed). This is how health concerns are addressed in companion animals.
Home to our family rats
We have large cages to house our rats, filled with toys, huts, tubes, litter boxes, and home-sewn hammocks. We provide a quality rat diet and cook fresh foods for them. We take them out of their cages for at least an hour every day. They have their own rat-safe room to explore during supervised out time. My children choose to spend quality time with them every day. They help nurse them when they are ill and encourage them to eat when their appetite is poor. When their time comes, we bring them to the vet to let them go peacefully without suffering. When they pass away, we all grieve. It is hard. Our vet sends us sympathy cards because they know every loss is difficult. This is how companion animals are cared for.
Our rats at the cage door ready to greet us, like a dog at your front door when you come home from work
When we enter the rat room, our rats run to the cage doors to greet us, eager for pets and for play. They climb up our arms and lick our fingers and nibble on our ears. They tug on our pant legs when they want to be picked up. They snuggle on our lap for a nap. They ride around the house on our shoulders. They share our food. They wrestle with our fingers. Rats rarely bite. Only if they have been neglected or abused will they bite, and even then, most do not. They are friendly, trusting animals that only want companionship, good food, some play, and a comfortable place to live. This is the behavior of a companion animal.
Our family is not unique. We are just one household of many in the pet rat community. But there is nothing ordinary about the rats who have touched our lives. Each has a unique personality and a special soul. Those who have never met a domesticated rat may be prejudiced against them, confusing them with their wild counterparts. They are not vermin, dirty, or disposable. They are clean, gentle, and loving. They have been selectively bred as such for over a hundred years. They are trusting of their people. They would not imagine that their people would ever hurt them, and they go along eagerly wherever their people take them. We need to protect them when their people abuse that trust as we would protect any other companion animal. They are not defined as food. They are defined as companion.
If the description I have provided does not define companion animal, nothing does. 510 ILCS 70/2.01a (Illinois law) defines a companion animal as “an animal that is commonly considered to be, or is considered by the owner to be, a pet." There can be no doubt that domesticated rats own that definition. Countless Facebook groups and rat communities like GooseMoose (www.goosemoose.com) and the Rat Shack (www.ratshackforum.com/forum/) are a testament to this fact. Domesticated rats are companion animals and deserve the same protections as cats and dogs.
The video of rats being killed in a washing machine was shared on Facebook by a person who apparently thought it was funny. Killing defenseless creatures is never funny or amusing. And in this case, it was torture.
This writer is one of many animal lovers who have kept and loved rats as pets. Rats are extremely intelligent; they learn their names and can do tricks. They are unusually clean animals; they constantly groom themselves. They can be litter trained like cats. For the judge in this case, Judge Kuzas, to say that rats are not companion animals is wrong. Because they are small, it doesn't make them any less loved or important than dogs or cats. In fact, when similar treatment was inflicted on a cat, a much harsher sentence was sought.
The case will be heard on June 15, 2015 at Branch 43, 3150 W. Flournoy, Chicago. A petition to Anita Alvarez, Cook County State's Attorney and the judge, the Honorable Robert D. Kuzas can be signed at: Justice for the Washer Rats. Please visit the site of the petition. It is extremely well-written and explains the various charges and why the harsher charge is merited.
The organizer of the petition states:
I have rats as companion pets and they are friendly, intelligent and love attention from their owners. If you watch the posted video you will see that the rats in the washing machine looked up to the camera as a dog or cat would, with fear in their eyes, pleading for help. I am fighting for justice for these lives lost just as I would if this happened to a dog, a cat or a human."
Please e-mail here to report this horrible woman who put live pet rats in a washing machine and turned it on! >:-/ EMAIL TO REPORT: email@example.com She posted a video of her putting them in a washing machine, dousing the rats with a water hose and then turning the machine on and letting the poor animals spin inside. Her name is Mary Louiski and she is from Chicago. This is her Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mary.nash.54/about and here is a link to the video of her putting the rats in a washing machine!
* Update Mary Nash aka Mary Louiski on Facebook and her mother Darlissa Freeman were arrested, charged and released with a promise to appear pending attending court in Cook County, Illinois. The sad news is that upon inspection of the home by the authorities, none of the rats had survived. :-(
The Nebraska Humane Society raided an attached garage at a home in west Omaha filled with hundreds of mice and rats.
Acting on an anonymous tip, Humane Society officers and Omaha Police served a warrant at a home just south of 105th and Q Streets.
Officers have been at the home throughout the day.
You wouldn't expect to find a pet shop in this southwest Omaha neighborhood but that is what NHS claims it found.
Box after box is taken from the home
Inside are rats and mice.
"We served a search warrant here with the Omaha Police Department after complaints were received of an illegal pet store being operated out of this house," Mark Langan of the NHS said.
Officers seized hundreds of mice and rats after receiving an anonymous tip.
Langan tells WOWT 6 News they've been conducting an on-going investigation into alleged illegal pet selling activity here.
"It appears as though this has been going on quite some time, maybe several years out of this address, so we are confiscating records showing sales of animals from this house," Langan said.
Langan tells us inside a back garage were hundreds of mice and rats
But inside the rest of the home, were snakes, lizards, birds and a bunny.
Only the mice and rats were being removed because of unsafe conditions in a back garage.
"With the high ammonia levels about three and a half times what they should have been, those mice and rats were showing signs of sneezing and eye irritation our veterinarians were examining them and said they had to be removed,” Langan said.
Neighbors tell WOWT 6 News that they've seen buying and selling activity taking place here before.
That investigation will continue as the rest of the mice and rats are removed from the home.
"Could be additional charges pending, right now we are confiscating about 500 mice and rats, issuing citations for unsanitary conditions, animal cruelty and operating a pet store without a license," Langan said.
We've been in contact the homeowner. She said "we love our animals, you can ask anyone in this community, we love our animals. We've helped thousands through education in libraries and schools."
The conditions inside the home itself were deemed safe by the humane society to allow the owners to keep the rest of his animals.
People like this are scum and have no respect for the lives of small animals! >:-/ Just look at the ads and how they don't give a damn about what happens to their animals. I hope these people rot! >:-/
Rats are kept in horrible conditions. All bitten to pieces, all mean, moms are way overbred. There are cages of animals everywhere that aren't properly taken care of. I am never going here again."
As reviews on Facebook show this shop does not house small animals properly and refuses to get them proper veterinary care if they are injured as the next few photos will show. Thankfully these few rats were rescued from the horrible shop. In my opinion scumbags like the people who run this shop should not be allowed to sell animals at all! >:-/
The following photos were taken inside Hogtown Reptile Shop Inc. 2104 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32608, United States
Somehow, we have to get Eden, my daughter’s pet rat, from Brooklyn to Portland, Ore., where Olivia will start college next month. Like E. B. White’s Stuart Little, Eden has become part of our family, a kind of miniature sibling to my only child, who is about to leave home. Eden is one of a klatch of pet rats we know (picture three young women and their animals at our kitchen table, eating tacos, our two cats asleep in a corner). According to Robert Sullivan’s book “Rats,” “fancy” descendants of the homely gray Rattus norvegicus had an earlier moment as women’s companions during the Victorian era. Is Eden part of a revival zeitgeist thing, a moment soon to be documented by pop culture media?
All I know is that our plane tickets are already booked, and it never occurred to me that Olivia couldn’t carry Eden in a cat carrier on a plane. The word from the woman at airline customer service is an emphatic no. Rabbits, yes. Guinea pigs, sure. Hamsters, fine. Rats? No. Rats are lumped in with “exotic, potentially dangerous” pets, like snakes and spiders.
“Would it help if we got a letter from a vet?” I plead.
“No,” the woman says. “No rats.”
“But — ” I try again.
“No,” the woman repeats, with a sigh of exasperation. “No exceptions.”
Our choices are to cancel Olivia’s plane ticket and send her out to Portland by train, which would take up the last days she hoped to spend with friends before they all disperse to different colleges, or to find someone driving out West who would take a rodent passenger. I call an insanely pricey door-to-door pet transport service. I post an ad on Craigslist, offering to pay gas money in return for Eden’s safe transport.
“I have to meet them first,” Olivia insists.
When Olivia presented the idea of a pet rat last September, I was overcome with revulsion. The only rats I knew were the darkling monsters skittering along the subway tracks. It was my opinion that in spite of the charming film “Ratatouille” (those gray rats were comfortingly animated and lived in a gorgeously rendered Paris), their bad rap as carriers of disease since the time of the medieval plagues was well deserved. My partner, Clark, loved to tell a story about killing just such a rat years ago, as it scampered through his Brooklyn kitchen in the middle of the night. To dispatch the creature, he and his roommate had to whack it repeatedly with a broom, an epic battle worthy of a horror movie.
“No, Mom,” Olivia said, frustrated by my resistance. “It wouldn’t be like that! This would be a lab rat. You’ll see. They’re so sweet. And really smart.”
After several months of Olivia’s patient lobbying, and our having emerged from her college application process with faculties intact, I relented. Olivia brought home her new rat the very next day. She was small and white, with a pink, hairless tail and ruby eyes, a rescue from the snake food cage at PetSmart. At first I could observe Eden only from a safe distance across the table as Olivia fed her tidbits from her own plate. The sight of Eden’s ropy tail curled around Olivia’s neck or wrist made me go all tingly, but after a time I had to admit that watching her hold a noodle in her oddly human paws, gobble it up and wash her face afterward was pretty adorable.
EDEN’S true role became apparent quickly. High school had not been the happiest place. Let’s just say that Olivia, no extrovert, didn’t fit into the Girlworld cliques that thrived well into senior year. Eden’s unconditional love proved to be a soothing balm at home after a long day (there was just one infamous day when Olivia sneaked Eden into school, with consequences). Olivia seemed to relish having a companion who was a misunderstood outsider, like herself, and our acceptance of Eden raised our parental coolness factor by some measurable ticks.
“Eden is my wingman,” Olivia said to us one evening as she headed out to a weekend party. And so she was, perched on Olivia’s shoulder or tucked in a sleeve, like a secret talisman. Perhaps Victorian women carried their rat companions in their voluminous blouses or under their hats to fend off their worries, as they struggled for breath in constraining corsets and bustles.
Even though she chewed holes in a few bath towels, and littered the table with nibbled bits of the morning’s scrambled egg, I couldn’t deny the beautiful way Eden softened the hard edges of school social craziness and academic pressure. When I was a teenager I smoked cigarettes, got stoned and drank more than I could tolerate to alleviate my own social anxiety. My daughter now had a rat to calm hers. I only wish Eden had come into our family a few years earlier.
Olivia remarked recently, “When I care for Eden, it’s like taking care of myself.” Enough said on the value of a portable pet whose simple but essential needs keep Olivia mindful of her own best interests.
Eden has also proved to be a world-class icebreaker. When Olivia and I have traveled on the subway together — Eden peeking out of a sweater sleeve — I’ve marveled as fellow passengers first notice her wriggling ears and twitching whiskers in their peripheral vision and then cross the aisle for a closer look, their curiosity penetrating Olivia’s natural reserve. Eden is also curious, sniffing visitors, but never strays from Olivia’s arm, the most loyal animal friend. Eden has changed Olivia. That’s a big accomplishment for a small animal whose destiny was marked out as a meal for a pet python.
As the last weeks of summer wind down, I must prioritize the tasks that threaten to overwhelm me while I grapple with imminent separation. Books, clothes, artwork and rain boots to ship out to school, last-minute college forms to fill out, tuition to pay. Getting Eden to Portland is important. My daughter will want her wingman with her as she begins her next chapter and I want to make that happen. Somehow.
At last, we find out that at least one airline will ship pets as “cargo.” Antonio, the soft-spoken customer service agent at United Airlines, arranges Eden’s transport, reassuring me that all will go well. He insists on calling her a “mouse,” but I don’t mind. I know that “rat” is not a beautiful word for most people. But as he coordinates Eden’s flights — she must change planes in Chicago — with our own arrival in Portland, I can tell he gets it.
“Animals, they are such good comfort,” he says, pausing a moment, before giving me final instructions on how we can safely prepare Eden for her cross-country journey.
How I will miss my Olivia. We had some rough years during her adolescence, but we are solid again. It feels right for us to separate now, when we can be held together by our love. I never thought I would feel this way, but I know that I will miss Eden, too.
Julie Metz is a graphic designer and the author of the memoir “Perfection.”
A version of this article appears in print on 08/24/2014, on page SR8 of the NewYork edition with the headline: My Daughter, Her Rat.
People beware when you offer your pets free to a good home on Craigslist or any other classified such as Kajiji, etc., because sick bastids who torture, kill and even eat your pets could get ahold of them. D: This sick scumbag of a human being named David Williford needs to be locked up and deprived of food and water. Let that sonofaB starve for what he did to those poor animals!!! >:-/
Who the heck lets someone keep this many rats? This seems to be either a hoarding situation or a feeder/breeder going out of business. Sick people like this shouldn't be allowed to own any animals! Where is the protection for these poor small animals? D:
These idiots thought it was alright to freeze the baby rats their pet rats had an offer them up for sale on Kajiji. D:
This jerk named Kyle from Chicago condems a poor rat to death by listing it as a feeder rat just because he tried to overfeed his snake and it wasn't hungry when he tried to feed it this time. Wont people learn to feed frozen instead? *facepalm*
What kind of sick bitch breeds baby animals saying that they will go as pets but any that are not found homes by six weeks will go as live food! D: People like this owner of Hello Pookie Rattery are nothing but gutter trash and should never be allowed to own pets of any kind!!!
This is Ecstacy Evans, she is a child that lives in Kentwood, LA. She had a video up of her rats fighting in a 10 gallon fish tank. She also let her gerbil attack her rats. You can see the blood in the one picture. She got rhw rats from a friend named Kristy Hollie who by pictures looks like she loved them. A shame they are being abused now >:-/
Horrible people like this girl should never be allowed to own pets because they have no idea how to care for them and they are cruel jerks who need to be punished by rotting in jail!
First we have a jerk named Jay who thinks it's cool to breed and sell live animals as food or pets from his home. It is people like this bastard that we need stronger laws to protect the lives of pets and to make sure that not just anybody can make a business of selling live animals from their home on classifieds! Pet shops and breeders should be strictly licensed and selling live animals as food should be illegal!
Next is a horrible feeder/breeder business in Chicago that sells small animals as food on Craigslilst out of their home. This awful practice should be outlawed! >:-/
Rabbits, mice, rats and guinea pigs rescued from labs or cases of mistreatment by Italian charity La Collina dei Conigli ONLUS have become magical models for a photo-shoot inspired by the famous novel “Alice in Wonderland.”
This was the special idea of volunteer Attilia Conti to celebrate the first 10 years of the charity’s operation. Why Alice? Because both the novel and this charity “started with a White Rabbit.”
I took these pictures at the rescue center in Monza, near Milan, during the first weekend of September with help from volunteers Attilia, Eleonora and Fulvio. I’m not a professional photographer, but photography is my greatest passion and I’m always available to volunteer for animal shelters with my camera!
Mice were the most cooperative models, while guinea pigs were the laziest (they stayed still only with food present). Rats were the most attractive, and rabbits… were the most disapproving. Some of the pictures were used in the charity’s 2015 calendar, which helps raise funds for hundreds and hundreds of rescued animal.
Many of them are still looking for their new homes, so if you live in Italy, you can adopt one.
" Factory, a rodent-breeding barn, and Jurassic Pets LLC, a pet store. Witnesses routinely found animals suffering in horrific conditions.
Based on PETA’s evidence, the Thornton, Colorado, Police Department executed a search warrant at Jurassic Pets on December 10, 2014, that allowed them to rescue some of the mammals, reptiles, and amphibians there.
Despite having extensive evidence of persistent, widespread cruelty to animals since October 2, 2014, the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) still has not seized or rendered aid to the thousands of animals kept at Willards Rodent Factory.
See the eyewitness video from PETA’s investigation:
*This poor rat was rescued, taken to a vet where it was humanely put down to end her suffering. :-(
A photo found of Lynn Kubic
A photo found of Lynn, Lee & Kenneth Kubic.
Willards Rodent Factory: The Kubics' Barn of Horrors The Kubics breed rats and mice in a barn located on their Adams County property—just a few feet away from their family residence. Thousands of rodents—crowded shoulder to shoulder in filthy tubs on top of bedding saturated with weeks’ worth of waste—were kept in bins and metal troughs inside the barn during the course of PETA’s investigation. The Kubics did not employ a single full-time person to care for the animals. Lynn Kubic claimed that “you just don’t make enough money at this to … have a ton of employees or spend a ton of time out here.” Hundreds of rodents were found dying, dead, and decomposing.
Tubs housing rodents frequently flooded, drowning rats and mice by the hundreds. Lynn Kubic—who admitted that she would not enter the barn after a flood because of the stench—lamented the loss of money but never the suffering of the drowned animals.
Cats were permitted to roam freely in and out of the “rodent factory,” terrifying rats and mice by opening tubs in which rodents were housed, defecating above them, and even tearing them apart. Rats and mice starved to death. Lynn Kubic admitted, “I probably lose more animals to starvation … than floods.” The Kubics fed rats and mice once per month, allowing the food to become moldy and covered with feces as the weeks passed.
The Kubics denied ill and injured rats veterinary care and instead “whacked” them—swung them by the tail and slammed them into a hard surface to try to kill them. The Kubics admitted to freezing live rats and mice to death.
Witnesses found a critically injured rat, “Miss Rat,” whose upper jaw, nose, and muzzle were missing. The Kubics’ son—the only authority present at the facility that day—instructed that Miss Rat be thrown to the free-roaming cats, adding, “It’s not like I care … [I]t’s one rat out of, like, 10,000 ….” The rat was taken to a veterinarian, who found that she was suffering from “traumatic injuries” and put her out of her misery.
Kenneth Kubic admitted that he shoots cats, while Lynn Kubic took kittens born to the cats and sold them in the couple’s pet store. At least two kittens languished without any effective veterinary care for obviously severe upper respiratory infections—and died.
Despite initial assurances that it would take swift action to rescue these long-neglected animals, the ACSO has allowed months to pass while animals languish, suffer, drown, and die, deprived of the protections afforded by Colorado’s anti-cruelty statutes, which they depend on the ACSO to uphold and enforce.
Jurassic Pets: Little Shop of Horrors The Kubics sold many of the rats, mice, and kittens from the barn as well as reptiles and mammals bred and/or kept in their basement through their grimy pet shop in Thornton, called Jurassic Pets, where animals were crammed on top of one another inside cramped enclosures, in which feces, rotting meat, and dead animals collected for days.
As at the barn, workers also “whacked” rats and mice and admitted to wrapping them in plastic bags in an attempt to suffocate those who survived the blows. One little rat languished for almost 10 minutes—gasping for breath and trembling—after being “whacked.” A worker then tried to break the rat’s neck.
Scores of ill or injured animals languished without adequate veterinary care, despite managers’ and Lynn Kubic’s awareness of their poor conditions. As one worker put it, “A trip to the vet is gonna be a hundred and something, so is it really worth our money to do that? … [W]e are a business. … If we were to take every animal to the vet that truly needs to be, there’d be no reason to sell ‘em ….”
Witnesses found a hedgehog, since named Ghost, whose right eye was shrunken. Lynn Kubic denied Ghost adequate veterinary care for months, until her eye was so “infected” that it was “los[t].” Ghost was rescued, and a veterinary ophthalmologist found that she had been neglected so severely that her eye had degenerated and lost all vision.
The witnesses documented evidence of thousands of deaths including reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, the latter of which occurred in multiple massive die-offs in the store, and some had been ignored for so long that their bodies were rotting. The facility’s manager would state that it was “too late” for many ailing reptiles and throw them into the freezer while still alive, where they suffered and died slowly and in agony.
Animals were routinely denied water. Many animals rushed to drink or soak themselves when water was provided for up to an hour.
[Lynn Kubic denied Ghost adequate veterinary care for her infected eye for so long that, as Kubic put it, her eye was ''los[t].'' Ghost was rescued and treated and has since found a good home. ] [Animals at Jurassic Pets, including this thin bearded dragon whose mouth was encrusted with discharge, were denied adequate care. ] [Scores of animals, including this Chinese water dragon, who was found floating in stagnant water, died from unknown causes at Jurassic Pets. ] [These rat pinkies were two of many found dead in the facility. Facility owner Lynn Kubic admitted to freezing rodents alive—causing a slow and painful death. ] [At Jurassic Pets, ailing reptiles were thrown into the freezer while still alive and left to freeze to death. ] [Animals were routinely denied water or had only filthy water contaminated with feces to drink; when water was provided, some drank for several minutes. ]"
THORNTON – Following a police search at a pet store Wednesday morning, PETA has released details on the allegations of animal cruelty.
According to a spokesperson for Thornton Police, the warrant was executed at Jurassic Pets at 10380 Washington Street. PETA says during an eyewitness investigation, store staff tried to kill pet rats and mice by hitting them against surfaces. They are also accused of freezing rodents and reptiles alive.
"Rats and mice drowned in flooded tubs routinely and were found dead and rotting in bins saturated with waste," the statement from PETA read. "The Adams County Sheriff's Office has sat on evidence of widespread cruelty for months, and PETAis calling on officials to do their job and seize the animals still in danger at Willards Rodent Factory without further delay."
PETA says veterinary care and euthanasia were denied to many animals including a hedgehog who went without adequate veterinary care for months for an eye infected so badly that it shriveled and lost all vision. They say some of these animals were thrown outdoors to be prey for the cats kept around the barn, cats whose kittens were rounded up and sold.
According to PETA, the store is run by Lynn and Kenneth Kubic, who have been breeding animals since 1985.
To people who say oh but PETA did the story, well whoever did the story, you cannot deny the fact that this pet trading business willfully was cruel to animals! We undoubtedly need to enact very strong anti-cruelty laws and punishments to help stop animal cruelty and regulate how the pet trade industry does business! Animals suffered and would have gone on suffering, but at least someone had the guts to go in and get the undercover footage, be it PETA, the ASPCA or the Police. - Moxxey
This is what happens when politicians cut the funding to animal shelters! It is also what happens when there are too many unwanted animals due to greedy pet shops and people breeding and selling them on classified ads such as Craigslist and Kajiji. Fortunately someone found the two domesticated rats abandoned outside, but only one of the two survived.