ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Resident for Killing Hamster

<strong> <em>Pet died from blunt force trauma, liver damage and hemorrhage</em> </strong>
March 9, 2011

NEW YORK--Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) agents of the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) arrested Brooklyn resident Monique Smith last night for fatally injuring an adult female hamster.

On June 7, 2010, ASPCA agents responded to a complaint of a person who had killed a pet hamster belonging to another family member. Smith had killed the hamster with her hands and had thrown the pet across the street during a dispute with the owner.

The deceased hamster was taken by HLE agents to the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for a necropsy. Results of the necropsy revealed that the hamster had suffered blunt force trauma, liver damage and an associated hemorrhage.

Smith, 19, was arrested by ASPCA Special Agent Patrick Breen. She was 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. If convicted, she faces up to two years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.