A video too barbaric to show has resulted in a woman being arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after she allegedly killed and ate her daughter’s pet hamster.
The horrific clip was uploaded on Facebook and is reported to depict the mum killing and then eating the family hamster, using a bottle of water to wash down the poor animal. She allegedly performed the sick stunt in exchange for crack cocaine, the Mirror reports.
Lincolnshire Police confirmed a woman from Grantham, south Lincolnshire, was arrested on Thursday (June 23) as part of an RSPCA investigation. The mum has since been released but remains under police investigation.
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A force spokesperson said: “We have arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of cruelty to animals following a distressing video which was posted on social media depicting an act involving a hamster.
“The Grantham woman was arrested by our officers yesterday (June 23) following an investigation led by the RSPCA. She has been released under investigation, and we will continue to support the RSPCA with their investigation.”
A spokesperson for the RSPCA encouraged anyone who comes across the horrifying video on social media to report it to the respective platform. People were reminded not to share upsetting footage online.
“This is an extremely upsetting video and we’d like to reassure the public that we are investigating and working closely with the police,” the animal welfare organization said.
“Please do not call us about this video, unless you have first hand information about the incident which could aid an investigation, as it could stop emergency calls about animals in need getting through to us.
“If you see this video on social media please report it to the platform immediately. Please do not share it or comment on it as it increases the chances of other people seeing it and being distressed.”