Man Abandons 280 Rats on Side of the Road in Cruel Conditions — Given Only $1000 Fine

170px-rat_diabeticA Providence, Rhode Island man is in trouble after he abandoned nearly 300 rats on the side of the road. Toby Duffany, 22, was arrested for stuffing 280 rats into aquariums and cages on the side of a road. The rats were forced to turn to cannibalism and 75 rates died. Yet, Duffany has only some community service and $1000 to pay for his cruel treatment of the animals.

I am not what you would call a rat person, but even I believe that Duffany deserved something more than writing a check for such a crime (at roughly $3 a rat).

He told police that the rats belonged to his mother (with whom he lives) and they simply could not keep them any longer. One has to wonder if the result would have been different if dogs or cats were stuffed into cages and abandoned in these conditions.

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51 thoughts on “Man Abandons 280 Rats on Side of the Road in Cruel Conditions — Given Only $1000 Fine”

  1. “In this case, the American Legion, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America, as well as other veteran’s groups, were sponsoring their gala that has coincided with the inaugural evening since Eisenhower took office in 1953.

    “In total, twelve presidents and 76 years have gone by, and each inaugural evening the new president arrived to thank the veterans and Medal of Honor recipients in attendance.”

    So my math isn’t as good as it used to be, but how did 76 years go by between 1953 and 2009? In any case, the Prez spent time at the new Commander-in-Chief’s Ball this year, and danced with an enlisted Soldier while the First Lady danced with a Marine. In my book we’re at least even stevens by this point.

  2. I thought this blog was about rats? As a troll I love rats they are very tasty when grilled over an open fire. but it is hard to stuff an apple in their mouth.

    you are all insane! Who is head of this asylum?

  3. Hey Marta! George Bush is a WAR CRIMINAL. No comparison to tax evasion, you insipid cow. I’d also like to add I think the Kennedy family is one of the more useless and outmoded elements of the DNC. The only members of their family worth a damn were assassinated. And the difference between their family (“drug” runners under Prohibition) and the Bush family (bankers to the Nazis, friends of our 9/11 attackers the Saudis) is microscopic. One just managed to create a cluster F that has potential to destroy our country if not the world and the other are largely ineffective talking heads. To put it another way, a family of professional politicians can’t be trusted no matter their affiliation. And her last name was not an instant qualification for office. American Royalty, my ass. I’ll vote for a Kennedy when they EARN it.

    Unlike you, I’m not a partisan. Unless you count being against evil as being against your lot, then I am most certainly partisan. So don’t “Hey baby” me, you moron.

  4. Visitor? Bah! You’re an “irregular regular” if I ever saw one, FFLEO.

  5. Okay. Since I am just a visitor here, I guess I must accept the other people who are also invited and who have just consumed too much of the wrong-flavored and ideological spiked party punch. I will concede to the regular bouncers and the host to disinvite the debate crashers and then trust that other intelligent, logical, and productive people will not turn away from this blawg’s entrance because of the inane noise emanating within.

  6. mespo,

    Did I once say I didn’t enjoy fighting them? No, no, I am definitely in it for the sport as evidenced by my wall of Neocon trophy heads. I very much like seeing evil people eat it and the ignorant educated. You will, however, see me use a wide variety of weapons against them. Just remember, if it appears I am angry, it is just an appearance and (almost always) intentional. I’m usually trying to make THEM angry because, as Sun Tzu noted, angry opponents make mistakes a clever general can exploit. I’m not the kind of guy who gets angry easily or often. I’m the kind of guy who gets results.

  7. Buddha & FFLeo:

    Come on you guys the trolls are fun. Their inanity just reinforces our position that neo-cons are vapid, mind-controlled dolts who blindly follow their short pants fuhrers Rush, Hannity, Coulter, et als with their cut & paste “arguments.” They prove our side is winning the hearts and minds of the thinking citizenry, and, as a major bonus, they are rip-roaringly funny. What more could you ask of a debate opponent!

  8. Oh I’ll return. My vocabulary will just get more vulgar as time passes. Why? It’s all the spammers deserve at this point. It’s not even structured trolling. It’s a raw attempt to squat. They’ll drive me off when Hell freezes solid. I won’t let the evil shitheels take my country, why would I let them run me out of here? No, FFLEO, I don’t think people will leave. I think you’ll see a mini-preview of what’s going to happen IRL to Neocons and their supporters. A verbal lynching. If they want class warfare, then they’ll get it. While an authoritarian dictatorship is their actual STATED goal (permanent Republican majority anyone?), the net result will be class warfare. They just don’t realize how alone their “class” is in actual society. They don’t realize that many traditional conservative Republicans have seen through the lies and propaganda and it’s not just “God-less libURalls” turning on them. It’s the people they once duped too. These people are not like you, FFLEO, a term recently overused by that tool Joe Scarborough – the loyal opposition. Hell, they aren’t even real conservatives. They’re fascists who stole your party’s name. Bush. Cheney. Addington. Yoo. Rumsfeld. Every signatory to PNAC. All the members of Cheney’s “Secret Energy Task Force”. The people paying the trolls. These people are enemies of the Constitution. These people are pissing on the sacrifices of my grandfather’s generation. That makes these people are MY enemy. They will lose too. History shows this time and again. Not because I’m special. But because their behavior is ultimately self-destructive. Especially with people like me pushing back. And there are a lot of people like me here. It’s why the trolls think this place is a threat. And they’re right.

  9. I fear that your blawg is fast becoming just another low-rent troll dump that is commonplace throughout the lower reaches of the blogosphere.

    Please consider some form of moderation or I expect that some self-respecting people who visit here for legal information and discussion will not return.


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