A hair-raising story only for the not-faint-of-heart:
A New York teenager has been charged with a felony, with the possibility of a two-year prison sentence, for killing her family’s pet hamster, authorities said on Wednesday. The killer, 19, of Brooklyn was arguing with a family member in June when she reached for the hamster, choked it and threw it outside the house, police said.
Her arrest stemmed from an investigation into the incident after the killer’s father contacted the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said ASPCA assistant director Joe Pentangelo.
The killer is charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals. If convicted, she faces the possibility of two years in prison.
“Sadly, very often, pets find themselves in the middle of these situations,” said Pentangelo.
“A family will have a disagreement and unfortunately the animal is the recipient of misdirected or redirected rage.”
The hamster died from blunt force trauma, liver damage and a brain hemorrhage, he said.
A grand jury selection to consider the killer’s case is set to begin on Friday in Brooklyn Criminal Court.
This is just awful. I wonder if paramedics were called to the scene and, if they were, if they tried to revive the hamster. I wonder if the autopsy report concluded that it was, indeed, a homicide (or, hamsptercide). This is important because some enterprising lawyer may say that the hampster had pre-existing conditions that caused the death. A plausible scenario is that the hamster fell from his/her running-wheel, and that the liver damage and brain-hemorrhage was the result of over-drinking from the hamster’s little sippy-cup. Just saying, is all.