Florida investigators arrest man who tortured hamsters to relieve stress

A 21-year-old Golden Gate Estates man faces a felony animal cruelty charge following his arrest by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday. Christian Lee Hunter is alleged to have severed the head of a hamster he purchased from a pet store and then threw the dead animal in a blood-smeared box on the side of the road.
On January 5, a resident found the deceased animal and told authorities she had found several other boxes over the last year containing what the woman described as “sadistically mutilated” small animals.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office press release, Hunter was first investigated in 2020 by Lee County officials after a mutilated hamster was found. At that time, Hunter told detectives his dog had attacked the hamster. It is suspected that Hunter has killed at least eight hamsters.
The most recent box discovered had blood on it and contained bloodied wipes, an empty scissor package and a nail file package. It also contained the January 4, 2021 pet store receipt, enabling detectives to track Hunter as the person who purchased the hamster.
Subsequent video from the pet store showed a man buying the hamster on the date and time listed on the receipt. The man had been wearing a face mask and glasses and had a large tattoo on his right forearm identifying Hunter as the suspect.
Hunter later admitted to authorities he bought the hamster and used a fake name to purchase the pet. He stated he killed the animal to relieve stress and anger.  He was taken into custody and charged with cruelty to animals – cause cruel death, pain or suffering, a felony, and unlawful disposal of a dead animal, a misdemeanor.
“Animal cruelty can never be justified,” said Sheriff Kevin Rambosk. “We are hopeful that we have addressed this situation and can connect this individual with mental health services.”
Hunter is no longer allowed to purchase any animals.

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2 replies
  1. Bunny Peters says:

    What a disgusting POS!!! Lock him up & lose the keys……. He has earned himself a reserved space in the hottest part of Hell to burn forever for his cruelty……. he deserves to get there ASAP…….

    Clearly he has never heard of sports, cooking, hiking, gardening, painting, writing…… as stress relieving activities!!!

    Precious little treasures, you did nothing to deserve being murdered by the POS who stole your lives. Your precious lives mattered and I hope you get justice. I know that you are absolutely in Heaven!!! Please look for MacKitty and join his wonderful snuggle buddies group and RIP amongst loving friends.

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