Boy Admits To Torturing, Killing Hamster

December 7, 2007 | By Matt Van Hoven | 966 comments
Tags: cruelty, abuse, hamster, torture, small pets

ENGLAND – A North Yorkshire teen admitted to torturing a hamster to death this summer, by putting it in the freezer and through a washer and dryer.

The 15-year-old, whose name is being held for legal reasons, was one of six teens at the Harrogate home when the incident occurred. The owner's daughter was watching the home while her mother was away.

A few hours after she and her friends finished playing with the animals, the owner's daughter noticed that a hamster named Poppy was missing. The owner later found the animal in the trash.

She also found droppings in the freezer, washer and dryer.

An inspection of the deceased animal revealed torn claws and lesions on the feet – indicating it had probably tried to claw its way of of the freezer and cling to the dryer walls.

Poppy finally died of severe respiratory or cardiovascular damage.

The teen, having admitted to the crime, has been banned from keeping animals for four years and was ordered to pay just over $800 in fines.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

i can't believe i missed this. this boy should be punished severly enough he will never do such a horrible thing again

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Ches21
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Ches21
3 years ago

Poor hamster this sounds like the boy who tourtered the cat that rescued paws got luckily we got to the cat before the boy killed it. This is sad I don't understand this I have had hamsters before I loved them even if Visous did bite me all the time the workers at the store did not pay enough attention to her. I also had feisty, Ding-dong and Kiss but my alley cat Biff got in the living room one night and killed them while everyone was asleep. But next ones I had mine where Streamangel, Mr. Sqeaks and Mr. Cheesey That is because we ened up with one male hamster and 3 pregnant female hamsters we found homes for all of them cause my mom said it was too hard to figure out which where males and which where females. Also we could not afford to keep all of them. I love all animals and get so upset when I hear stories like this and wonder if the parents are even bringing their children up right.

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