Some rats that were  found trapped in a bin has been bathed with hot water in horrifying footage

Gary Doidge, from Gunnislake in Cornwall, left the rodents dead after the incident at a recycling depot the Hayedown Industiral estate in Tavistock, Devon, on August 10.
The animals had been rounded up and put into a plastic bin, Plymouth Live reports.

In a video, which was afterwards shared on social media, the 27-year-old took a kettle towards the bin and began to empty the liquid.

The rats started squeaking and a lid was placed over the bin.

A vet with more than 35 years experience and expertise in research into rodents reviewed the footage.

The animals had been rounded up and put into a plastic bin (Image: Plymouth Herald)

She said: “It is highly unlikely that they were dead at this stage, although they would have been suffering terribly.

“The likelihood is that they were alive and suffering, though not moving, though we cannot be sure how long their pain and suffering would have gone on for.

“Humans and rats have the same basic physiology and similar organs.

The 27-year-old took a kettle towards the bin and began to empty the liquid (Image: Plymouth Herald)

RSPCA Inspector Claire Ryder looked into the disturbing case for the charity.

Shesaid: “The 2006 Animal Welfare Act applies to all vertebrates and puts a duty of care for the welfare of all animals under human control, even just for a temporary basis as was the case with these poor rats who had been captured and held in a bin, unable to escape.

The rats started squeaking and a lid was placed over it (Image: Plymouth Herald)

“The footage of this incident is difficult to watch, no animal should be treated like that

“It is an offence to cause unnecessary suffering, and by pouring boiling water on live animals caused them suffering which could have been avoided.”

Doidge pleaded guilty with burning two wild mammals – namely wild rats – with intent to inflict unnecessary suffering contrary to the Wild Mammals (Protection) Act of 1996 at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on November 24.

As well as the prison sentence, which is suspended for 12 months, Doidge was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £300 in costs and an £128 victim surcharge.