Skip to comments.Pest control company charged with animal cruelty
Posted on 05/23/2009 7:35:33 AM PDT by Joiseydude
HAZLET, N.J. (AP) - The owner of a New Jersey pest control company has been charged with animal cruelty after a squirrel was found dead in a rooftop trap.
Chief Buddy Amato says a professional complex hired Critter Ridder to help get rid of the squirrel. He says a trap was set Wednesday for the animal, and no one returned to check on it.
Amato says the squirrel was found "cooked to death on the hot roof" Thursday afternoon.
Buck faces four counts of animal cruelty, including one that cites her for not providing the squirrel with adequate food, water and shelter.
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You just bait the trap with peanut butter on a cracker. The mouse is zapped when he steps on the metal plate. There's a red light that flashes on top of the unit indicating that it has gone off - like the Ghostbusters ghost trap.
IMO, this is the most humane way to take care of the problem. The mouse is instantly dead and his last moments were spent thinking he was going to partake of a nice treat!
This guy must have a press agent, this is the second time he made the front page of the Asbury Park Press online in the last week.
About three days ago, he charged some guy with letting his girlfriend’s ferret loose.
Must be very slow in Monmouth County this week for this to be news.
I love those traps.
OMGosh! Our heater wasn’t working quite right last fall, and the repairman found a long-deceased grinnie (chipmunk) in the exhaust vent. I hope that we aren’t prosecuted for not providing it adequate food and water.
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When you wrote in the first one about the leadership class insuring it protects and enriches itself before all else is a solid - though that was recognized by Karl Marx way back when. Seems to be worthy of a mathematical formula no matter one's ideology. We are fortunate, though, to be able to ask each other about such without fearing secret police crashing in on us for doing so and making us disappear.
We Americans, at this point in history, are still enjoying unprecedented freedoms compared to other societies historic and current despite forces constantly seeking to remove them. There is some unique and unidentifiable force at work covering our collective butts. I foolishly muse that the collective spirit of our citizens combined with the good wishes for us from those less fortunate around the world (and perhaps God Himself) tilts the balance.
Hope springs eternal and there's no big blue pill for the soul that makes that happen.
You almost caused a disaster here when Hubby nearly died laughing at your tree kitten.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not on the side of the vermin. But we have no call to torture them to death either. Just kill them as fast as possible, I say.
Getting slowly roasted in a trap is a horrible death. That’s just a fact. But punishing a human for the death of a squirrel in a trap is just plain silly regardless how the animal died.
Maybe next time she will not use humane traps that may cause the animal to suffer this way.
“I actually removed the babies and took them to a shelter once.”
Considering what it cost me to replace some of the wiring in my attic, I hope the squirrel died a slow death.
Those things are a PIT-A. Needle nose pliers...feet...It is sort of humorous tracking down the "phlip phlip phip" sound though. Normal snap traps are the way to go. Pry up the spine on the bait pan and rotate a peanut half, sort of drill it onto the spike. Lasts forever and they will never be able to steal it.
Even the terrorist miscreants get better treatment at Gitmo, and we all know how evil that place is.
Critter Ridder is guilty of war crimes.
Don’t be so quick to judge, Dale. I knew a woman who rescued a squirrel baby, nursed it to squirrel maturity and he was her slave in devotion. You could actually see the love he had for her in his little beady eyes. His willingness and attempts to do what his mistress wanted so reflected reality between men and women that it nearly convinced me that men are here merely to be the pets of womankind.
Nearly or are we? The mystery continues. Now that I think on it the male friends I have who are married or committed refuse to talk about this. Hmmm. Another day I dismiss asking “scamdate” to hook me up.
And I thank that squirrel for another day of being free of the cage and an obligatory session on the exercise wheel.
Studies say I’m wrong - married men live longer. Maybe they’re being fed better kibble to perpetuate their productive existences to max out benefits for the survivors. I DO know the older folks get the more mercenary their purposes. Get that bun in the oven, secure or latch onto somone else’s assets or just plain kill their mate in a disingenuous way for a profit.
That’s not cynical. This is what the very wealthy have to consider because of the lure of wealth. That’s a curse I’m glad to not have to deal with. The wealthy always have to doubt those around them while never being secure in their minds. I know of a case myself who cut me low yet I feel sorrier for him for misjudging. That’s on him.
On the good foot had he passed on and I’d been dealing with with his wife I might have been outrightly killed by accident. There’s the gender difference.
Our entire world is maddeningly, relentlessly going insane.
Deal sometime with the damage that a squirrel or raccoon can do in an attic. You will become an advocate for the total worldwide eradication of the species!
Ditto!!! They are in the walls of the condo where I live and are chewing electrical wires! That fact makes relaxing to go to sleep at night an act of Faith!
I wonder if the 15000 French old people who died in the August heat wave a few years ago, suffered of if they just “went to sleep” as the heat dehydration overtook them?
I wonder how many people were prosecuted for abandoning these old human beings?
“Amato says the squirrel was found “cooked to death on the hot roof” Thursday afternoon.
Aborting 8 month old babies is ok however.
During my career working for line utility companies more than once I launched squirrels and other such species into orbit. Catch one mid-span on a cable , hit said cable with line wrench,see animal in orbit. LOL
Taste like chicken? Nope. But very good. I eat 3 or 4 fox squirrels each year. Love them.
I “set free” a free roaming cat that ate lunch, a can of tuna, in my Have-a-heart. So it did have a last supper.
All babies are nice!!!! Except for the cold bloodied type! That means you would be left out!!!
Nice guys run last!
Of course she does. < facepalm > Does this mean mousetraps are illegal now? Or just that any trap has to have internet connectivity so you can go give the varmint its last rites before you kill it?
Are you serious?
As for this issue, I already said that humans should not be punished for the death, even the death by torture as in this case, of vermin, especially since it was accidental. And if you read the last sentence in my post, you know that I recommend instant-death traps for such creatures so that slow and painful death in a "humane" trap is prevented.
RE: What is your point?
I cannot think that dying from heat is as bad for a squirrel as it must have been for the elderly abandoned French folks.
They all died from not having anyone check on them.
Who even remembers the abandoned French people? Or even the elderly in Chicago who died alone in their homes in a heat wave years ago.
Yet a freaky ‘animal’ rights activist will cause major damage to the business, bank account and life of the person who set the trap.
Interesting. So, do you agree this firm should be prosecuted?
It will cost them thousands of dollars to defend themselves over abuse of a squirrel and probably put them out of business.
She shouldn’t have assumed her customers would call. It was a rooftop trap, so how would they know when the squirrel was caught? It doesn’t sound intentional to me, so I don’t think prosecution is necessary. I think she ought to just be more cautious in the future.
If you use the right kind of trap that's not a problem.
I grew up in northern Wisconsin and my family owned a resort on a lake. One of our cabins was chosen by a family of squirrels as a prime winter haven. I put rat bait on a small plate and stuck it up in the porch rafters. Next day, no bait left so I set out some more. It took a couple of days to figure out that they were salting it away for winter forage.
Plan "B" was the old fashioned rat-trap, baited with peanut butter. Got them all within a week.
PS It works best if you tie a small loop of string around the trigger paddle before adding the PB. That's to catch the nervous types that just nibble a little. Their teeth catch in the string and trigger the trap.
Once squirrels have found a nice warm cozy home in a house, and they are trapped humanely and taken to a park to be released, they have amazing homing instincts! about like those emotional Disney animals who can travel long distances to get home.
Your trapper knew this of course, and ‘protected’ you from their return.
It costs money to go up and check the traps repeatedly. Maybe next time the traps used won’t be “humane” and will instead kill the animal immediately. It would be better all the way around, the animal wouldn’t suffer, and the homeowner wouldn’t suffer damage.
I say BS to the charge. I caught a squirrel a couple years ago somewhere between 7:00 a.m. and noon and it was dead in the trap when I checked it. FWIW, the trap was in the shade........
I suspect it died of a heart attack which is just as well since I didn't have to put it down myself.........
I hope the guy gets a BIG fine. There is no excuse for allowing a animal to die slowly in a live trap. It is needlessly cruel and I hope he gets stuck with a big enough fine that he learns his lesson.
I understand that animals sometimes have to be removed and/or killed. There is no reason to make it a slow and painful death, however.
We’re talking about vermin here. The trapper’s only mistake was using a humane trap. She should have set a kill trap.
I agree with you completely that we should not torture anything to death.
Animals are animals, and they’re not doing what they do to annoy you but to live their lives as instinct directs them. Being pleased that their seeming mischief is out of your life for good is all right. Taking pleasure in their painful death is not.
There will probably be a greater penalty for roasting granny in an un-airconditioned apartment (as in Paris) than for roasting a squirrel.
Was anyone penalized? or did it result in just a giant Gallic shrug?
I don’t know, but I’d guess the bureaucrats were secretly and quietly pleased.
Quite a cost saving for the state.
A lot of the sparks on this thread are being thrown because of Political Correctness (the biggest pest of all). “Humane” traps are actually cruel and kill traps are the most humane. Real life Orwellian.
Only in the last 70 years have most Americans been detached from the distasteful necessities that their lifestyles require as technology allowed a separation between producers and consumers.
“Here Bitsy - take this here knife and send old Porky to heaven so our family may honor his bountiful sacrifice.” That used to be a lesson; not a horror story.
I agree with you.
He should’ve waterborded that squirell.
-then they couldn’t complain he didn’t provide it with adequate water. ;^)
You certainly wouldn’t like my “Free Swimming Lessons for Chipmunks” plan in effect at the BraveMan abode . . .
Bet the greedy squirrel feasted like a king over the winter at the expense of the little birdies who were left with empty feeders.
The poor birds starved to death in the cold and then the squirrel perp fried in the heat. I'd say justice was served.
Is that the bucket pool and sunflower seed lesson?
That’s a mean one because the animal struggles to exhaustion before drowning. Drowning is quick, but being left in water with no rest and no escape is a toughy. Maybe it beats being eaten alive by a raccoon, but it’s slower. Not sure...
Can’t you just use a trap that kills them outright?
BTW, if you’re annoyed enough with them to eliminate them, I have plenty of sympathy for you about all the damage they’ve done to your environs.
LOL. You understand where those who foolishly feed bears do not. Compassion and common sense are separate things that have to be discerned. I love animals probably more than our fellow humans yet recognize we can’t put them above ourselves like PETA does. I’m with Roy where he said don’t kill the tiger but that didn’t mean tigers aren’t dangerous.
Raccoons are dangerous having such a high rate of rabies and are proliferous. Fire at will and good luck hitting the fast SOBs. Shotgun when it’s where you don’t mind things being destroyed behind.
ha! -yeah, Ive seen that little water skiing squirrel.
-Pretty funny stuff.