Florida man accused of stuffing live pets into trash compactor

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In Fernandina Beach, a man was arrested on Wednesday after authorities claim he put live pets into a trash compactor. Phu Tran, 45, faces four felony counts of animal cruelty.

According to ActionNewsJax, deputies from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office were called to Tran’s apartment complex after a neighbor witnessed Tran putting cages with live animals inside into the trash compactor. The animals included a guinea pig, four birds and two rabbits. Trans then turned the machine on trying to crush the animals and their cages. The surviving animals – two rabbits and a bird have been transferred to the Nassau County Animal Services. The three birds and the guinea pig were dead by the time authorities arrived.

Tran had been sent a letter recently from the apartment complex management ordering him to get rid of the pets or face a fine of $800.

Tran was booked into the Nassau County Jail where he is being held without bond. If found guilty of all counts, he could face 20 years in prison.

(Photo of  man accused of stuffing pets in trash compactor via Nassau County Jail)

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15 replies
  1. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    I hope that bastard gets charged with all counts. He doesn’t deserve to see the light of day again. What an asshole.

  2. Densie says:

    The pig who did this needs to go away for a long time and the landlord should be fined also. There is no harm in having a few small animals. Regulations need to be set up in each state as far as pets. People should have to have references from their previous landlord as far as their pets. If there were no issues, they should be able to have pets and just a higher amount of money for security.

  3. Stephen Phillips says:

    “IF found guilty…”

    IF, really???

    Had I been that witness, those hapless creatures would’ve been extricated, and this heinous abuser inserted in their stead!

    Site management would probably have given me a month’s free rent, in recognition of my service to their community, removing a dangerous pest from their property….

  4. Adrienne says:

    Put him in the compactor head first,then deport him or have him spend the rest of his life in jai. We already have our own American citizens who do things like this to animals, so why import them? Landlord is also wrong for not allowing small pets of this kine to be in apartments. Who makes up the laws as to what animals you can have in an apartment?

  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Phu Tran should just be stuffed in the same compactor and turn it on – let his useless skank ass be squashed to death – he deserves no less. If I lived in Florida I would gladly volunteer to do it.

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    What is wrong with people? How does someone do this to innocent animals and live with themselves? Please put this POS away for good, Let him live with the other animals in jail!

  7. Lily says:

    Sorry, but if I had caught him the animals would’ve been out of the compactor, and his head would’ve been there instead. That is sick. I hope he gets jail time because he sure ain’t gonna learn his lesson any other way

  8. Red says:

    PLEASE give him the 20 years!!! He did not have to kill the animals …..this was a monster. No telling what he was doing to the poor things while he had them.

  9. Dana says:

    Only a sick sociopath would do such a thing. Why would this cruel man even have these animals? Poor things. He was probably breeding them for money or eating them. I’m disgusted hearing these horrific heinous stories. I want stronger animal protection laws in place now. You expect to hear of these type of crimes more in other parts of the world but certainly not the in the US. Our laws as they stand now are ridiculous and shameful. I hope this bastard spends many years in prison and I hope he feels the shame he deserves from others. RIP little critters, you didn’t deserve to be tortured to death!


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