Utah man faces animal cruelty charge after eating rat for Facebook

Jun 21 2011 - 6:01pm

TOOELE -- A Utah man faces an animal cruelty charge after a Facebook video surfaced showing him eating what appeared to be a live baby rat.

Thirty-one-year-old Andy Ray Harris, of Tooele, was charged with the misdemeanor in April after authorities viewed the video.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals reported it to police.

PETA's Martin Mersereau (Mer-cer-oh) says complaints about the video were made to the organization in March.

Toole authorities say they recognized the man in the video as Harris from his previous interactions with police.

The video shows a man putting a tiny, hairless rat in his mouth, chewing it up and swallowing it.

Harris has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

A message left for his defense attorney wasn't returned.


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