19-Year-Old Is Charged in Hamster’s Death

I caught this story from The Agitator under “I like animals too but this is pretty ridiculous”. Look, I love animals too..  but two years in the slammer? How much for murder these days?

The trouble began, Theresa Smith said, shortly after she bought a hamster for her 9-year-old son. A few months later, the hamster, Princess Stephanie, was playing in its exercise ball on the floor of their apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, when an older son, who is 25, flew into a rage.

………This act of contrition, however, only angered Ms. Smith’s daughter Monique, Theresa Smith said. Monique picked up the biggest of the three hamsters, Sweetie, “took it out of the cage, and she slammed it on the floor,” Theresa Smith said. “It died on impact.”

This was on June 7, 2010. Tuesday night at 7, after a nine-month hunt for a suspect they described as evasive and uncooperative, law enforcement agents from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrested Monique Smith, 19, along Knickerbocker Avenue in Bushwick.

She was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals — a felony that carries a sentence of up to two years in prison — along with two misdemeanors, torturing animals and endangering the welfare of a child.

No charges have been filed against the 25-year-old son. Full story here NY Times

3 Responses to “19-Year-Old Is Charged in Hamster’s Death”

  1. Al Clarke Says:

    You gotta be kidding me! Is there more to this story, or have we all gone NUTZ?


  2. Always On Watch Says:


    The world has gone mad. Really.

    Look. I love animals, but this kind of police action for the killing of a hamster is ludicrous.


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