BROOKLYN – A teen has been charged with one felony count of animal cruelty after getting into an argument with her older brother, and then brutally killing his pet hamster, Sweetie.
Monique Smith, 19, came home to her apartment to find that her pet hamster, Princess Stephania, was dead. She accused her 25-year-old brother, Aaron, of killing her pet by kicking an exercise ball Princess Stephania had been inside of.
In retaliation, she grabbed her brother’s hamster, Sweetie, and spiked it into the ground. Then she “attempted to pull the hamster’s whiskers out and then crushed the hamster with her hand” in front of three of her younger siblings, according to court papers. She then tossed Sweetie out of the house.
She was arrested after her father contacted the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to the society’s assistant director Joe Pentangelo.
“Even though the hamster is much smaller than other household pets the hamster was precious to the children who viewed the hamster as their pet,” Pentangelo told 1010 WINS. “The ASPCA is ready to find justice for victims of animal cruelty.”
Smith has been charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony; one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor; and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. She could face up to two years in prison if convicted.
I find hamsters to be as mean, evil and disgusting as squirrels…maybe even cats…but damn, Monique went a bit bat-shit on that rodent, right? Also, anyone else read this and wonder why a 25-year-old man has a pet hamster named Sweetie?Tags: Animal Cruelty, Crime, New York