A frail little hamster was used to stub out burning cigarettes in a sickening act of animal cruelty in Oxfordshire, England last week revealed the RSPCA on Tuesday afternoon. The animal welfare organization released the heartbreaking photo of the tiny little pet after veterinarians tried in vain to save its life.
According to the Express, an investigation is underway as the disturbing discovery of the animal’s suffering and torture came to the attention of authorities. Veterinarians reported that not only were the legs of the black and white hamster badly burned, but it had also recently eaten stones and a chicken bone after someone mercilessly threw the defenseless animal out on the street to suffer a slow and painful death.
A Good Samaritan found the animal and tried to save it.
“The hamster was in a very bad way with cigarette burns on both back legs, a chicken bone wedged in one cheek pouch and earth and stones wedged in the other,” stated Inspector Andy Eddy, the RSPCA cruelty officer. “Sadly the hamster died because of the severity of his injuries, but we are very grateful to the member of the public who tried to save him by rushing him to a vet and thank them for their help and support.”
The humane organization is asking for the public’s help identifying the culprit who apparently tortured this tiny little animal. He was found on Holford Road, Witney, Osfordshire, last week. Hamsters make delightful little pets and can live for two years. Anyone with information about this animal, is asked to contact the RSPCA at 0300 123 8018.
Rest in peace little one. We are sorry you had to suffer so much; here’s hoping you find justice.
(Photos of tortured hamster via RSPCA)
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