Skip to comments.Man punished for abandoning rats
Posted on 01/22/2009 8:55:36 AM PST by rabscuttle385
He did not want the rats living with his new baby.
BY BRUCE MORIN
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) - A Providence man is in trouble after he abandoned nearly 300 rats on the side of the road.
The man, Toby Duffany, pleaded no contest to animal abandonment and was ordered to pay $1000 restitution and perform 50 hours of community service.
Police say Duffany crammed 280 rats into aquariums and cages, and left them on the side of the road in Foster last month. The rats were discovered several days after they were abandoned. 72 rats had died and the rest had resorted to cannibalism.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals euthanized the living rats.
In court, Duffany said he got rid of the rats because they could not live in his apartment with his new baby. The Rhode Island SPCA was disappointed with the punishment.
Rats in Rhode Island ping.
He should have just killed them outright.
Not nearly as much as Richard Gere.
How long until people are punished for using disinfectants? Kills all those poor defenseless staph germs and stuff.
Wait, the guy owned 300 rats?
I don’t even want to think about what his home must have smelled like.
When did common sense die?
Punished for “abandoning rats.” What is our world coming to?
I was wondering if they were white pet rats, then I saw the pic. Yeeesh.
Liberal logic...protect the rats, screw the baby. The rat has become the symbol of the democratic party. These people are sick. I know this is redundant, but I have to say it.
were those rats by any chance last seen in DC chanting “hope and change”?
In racist, cracker America the black rats are the pests and the white rats are treated as kings. < /Reverend Wright mode>
Even for rats, that's a pretty depraved and callous way to treat another living creature. Even the wasps at my house don't suffer that much when I hose down their nests with poison.
Those rodents are currently unemployable since scientists now prefer to use attorneys or politicians for experimentation seeing as how there are certain things a rat just won’t do.
You mean he became a Republican?
Even better... He caged 250 Democrats. His only mistake is that he abandoned them alive on the side of the road.
What he should have done is subjected them to Conservative Talk Radio until they either converted from 'rats or gnawed their own legs off and died.
Why didn’t he just feed them rat poison? I mean..they’re rats for crying out loud.
You really have to wonder about the soundness of minds of someone who would keep 300 rats in their house. At least he did chose the baby over the rats.
When you keep animals, you accept responsibility for their care and abusing animals of any type is simply unacceptable.
The guy should have gotten a heavier sentence or been sent to jail.
What a jerk.
Why did he have so many rats anyway?
He doesn’t know any large snake owners?
First, laws against abandoning rats... Next, laws against voting them out of office or saying unflattering things about them. That’s how tyranny is done.
I’ve had a pet rat before. They are actually really sweet animals when hand raised.
You know they are actually noble creatures compared to the human variety.
I think he probably would have been okay just releasing the rats, but he left them in containers to starve. That’s pretty cruel (or thoughtless).
What a shame. Most pet stores that sell reptiles would have bought them as feeders. At least they would have died quickly and served a purpose....
I breed rats and mice for my reptiles. They are actually pretty cool pets.
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