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PETA Helps Bust Alleged Rat, Mouse Torturer

Written by Paula Moore | February 4, 2014

If you ever doubted the power that one person can have when he or she suspects that an animal is being abused, this case will dispel that doubt. Recently, Chicago resident Michael Semens allegedly posted videos online depicting the torture of a rat and a mouse—in one video, part of a live rat’s tail and both of her ears are cut off, and in the second video, a mouse ensnared in a glue trap is tased to death. Mouse torture

As soon as a concerned citizen alerted PETA, we saved the videos, which were private and wouldn’t have been seen by authorities without the complainant’s help and our involvement. We then tracked down the suspect’s address and turned over our evidence to local police—who arrested him within hours. He has been charged with two felony counts of animal torture and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

Never Be Silent

If you witness any animal abuse—whether it’s in cyberspace or in your local community—please alert law-enforcement authorities immediately. If the agency isn’t responsive, contact PETA. Your intervention could mean the difference between life and death for an animal.

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  • Sylvia Bowman says:

    Go Peta!! Any despicable, cruel, sick individual who would do this to the smallest of innocent creatures, would likely be sadistic toward other animals (including humans) as well. He deserves jail, fines and a mandate to never be near an animal again in his life!!!

  • omhomelin says:

    WTG concerned citizen and PETA! Hopefully the charges stick and the judge can see that sickos like this are not safe on the loose.

  • Morag says:

    Well done. So very sad that people do these things – just hope karma is real.

  • Emily says:

    The fact that animal cruelty is still a thing makes me sick! But awesome job PETA, it’s relieving to know there are still good people in this world looking out for the defenceless ones.

  • Ana says:

    Good job Peta!!!!