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Police: Man accused of torturing mice, rat

A 24-year-old Chicago man is accused of posting YouTube videos of himself fatally tasing a mouse, cutting off part of a live rat's tail, and cutting off the ears of another mouse, police said.

Michael Semens, of the 2100 block of West 22nd Place, was charged with felony animal torture and misdemeanor animal cruelty, police said. At bond court Saturday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Semens released on a personal recognizance bond with electronic monitoring.

Semens was arrested at 4:20 p.m. Friday afternoon outside his home after police learned he was seen in two separate YouTube postings performing the acts, according to a police report.

One video showed Semens cutting off a portion of a live rat's rail and later in the video, wielding what appeared to be surgical shears, cutting off both ears of a live mouse, the report said. An additional posting showed Semens fatally tasing a mouse that had been caught on a glue trap.

Semens told police: "I know I messed up. I shouldn't have done it," the report said.

While he was being processed at a West Side police station, he repeated to officers that he "shouldn’t have done it,"’ and also said "The video is what it is," the report said.

Police recovered the taser in his girlfriend's purse and also took his cell phone into evidence.

It was not clear when the videos were posted.

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