Written by Michelle Kretzer
a rare case of legal
protection for a rat, a Denver woman has pleaded
guilty to a cruelty-to-animals charge for torturing and killing a rat. Tashaya
Abbott and Alison Milke bought a rat from a pet store to feed live to a snake,
but the snake did not eat the animal for four days—during which time the
terrified rodent was confined to a tank with the snake. So the young women
reportedly electroshocked, shot with blow darts multiple times, and finally crushed
the rat to death. Evidently thinking that this animal's horrific suffering and
death were something to laugh about, Milke posted a photo of the rat to her
Facebook page and boasted about the crime that they had committed.
supporter alerted us, and we immediately notified law enforcement and pushed
for the women to be prosecuted.
judge ordered Abbott to pay
a $125 fine and complete 50 hours of community service and banned her from
owning any animals for a year. There is still an outstanding warrant for Milke,
who is believed to be in Florida now, and PETA is pushing hard for her prosecution
you spot any evidence of potential animal abuse on social-networking sites, contact PETA right away, and we will
work to have the offenders prosecuted.
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