Mouse ‘tortured for stealing food’

The mouse was tortured after ‘stealing food’.
The mouse was tortured after ‘stealing food’.

WARNING: Graphic content

A SICK shopkeeper has been slammed for tying a mouse to a jar and beating it with a stick after he caught it "stealing" food.

The torturer, named in the Indian media as Melahalli Ramanna, filmed himself whipping the helpless rodent as it squeaks in agony in footage branded "disturbing" by one animal welfare officer.

The Sun reports, the mouse is said to have been raiding his shop in Mysore, southern India, every night, feeding on his groceries and destroying other items.

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The mouse can be heard squeaking as it is hit repeatedly with a stick.
The mouse can be heard squeaking as it is hit repeatedly with a stick.

Ramanna had reportedly been unable to catch the mouse until it eventually fell into his trap.

As revenge he is said to have tied the tiny raider's limbs to a glass jar with green strings and flogged it with a stick - the results of which can be seen in a shocking video.

The vile torture meted out to the mouse was captured in a 32 second long video reportedly recorded by Ramanna's friend on a mobile phone.

As the poor mouse whimpers, he can be heard repeatedly asking: "Will it eat gram flour and wheat again?"

The man hits it so hard at one point the jar falls off the table before he picks it up again.


His pal can be heard laughing in the background and saying the video would look good if music could be added to it before the clip ends.

The rodent's fate is unknown.

Anthony Rubin, an animal welfare officer from Chennai, India, said: "This is truly a disturbing video. I do not know where the world is heading.

"How can a person torture an animal like that?

The shopkeeper’s actions have been described as ‘torture’.
The shopkeeper’s actions have been described as ‘torture’.

"These people are a serious threat to the society and actions should be taken against this person so he knows what is right and what is wrong.

"This is not how animal should be treated. This is torture."

This article first appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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