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Man stabs rat, faces criminal rap

/ 09:07 AM January 17, 2019

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MADISON, Wisconsin, United States — A Wisconsin man is charged with a crime after police say he stabbed a friend’s pet rat.

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The State Journal reports 27-year-old Anthony Washington Jr. of Madison was charged Tuesday with animal mistreatment for last month’s incident. Police say Washington described it as an “execution” that happened because he was “in a rage.”

Authorities had responded to a disconnected 911 call on Dec. 16 outside the Biotron Laboratory on the UW-Madison campus, where they found a woman cradling her badly injured pet rat. Officials say the rat suffered multiple injuries and was eventually euthanized on Jan. 7.

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Washington was also charged with forgery after officers investigating the incident found counterfeit money.

Court documents do not list an attorney for Washington. /cbb

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