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Florida man charged with animal cruelty over pet rat

October 16, 2009 |  1:01 pm
Darren_daniels Authorities say a DeLand man who strangled a pet rat after accusing his wife of taking the last cigarette has been charged with animal cruelty.

The new charge for 22-year-old Darren Daniels was added Thursday. The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports that Daniels grabbed his wife during a confrontation last week, which led to the 20-year-old woman running away and hiding outside.

Before that, Daniels reportedly grabbed a white rat from a tank in their apartment, smashed its head and then strangled it.

Authorities say Daniels drove away recklessly and refused to pull over for deputies.

Daniels was previously charged with battery and fleeing and eluding. He was still being held on $3,000 bail for those charges.

The new charge carries an additional $5,000 bail.

-- Associated Press

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