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Old 03-10-2011, 03:42 PM   #1
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Teen in U.S. charged in death of family hamster

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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) A U.S. teenager has been charged with a felony, and could face a two-year prison sentence if convicted, for killing her family's pet hamster, authorities said.
Monique Smith, 19, of Brooklyn was arguing with a family member in June when she reached for the hamster, choked it and threw it outside the house, police said on Wednesday.
She was arrested following an investigation after Smith's father contacted the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to the society's assistant director Joe Pentangelo.
Smith is charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.
"Sadly, very often, pets find themselves in the middle of these situations," said Pentangelo. "A family will have a disagreement and unfortunately the animal is the recipient of misdirected or redirected rage."
The hamster died from blunt force trauma, liver damage and a brain hemorrhage, he said.
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Old 03-10-2011, 03:56 PM   #2
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Good for the dad for calling the police!
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Good for the dad for calling the police!
I think the dad is an idiot. It is like parents asking the police to help with their kids' drug problems. Prosecution on a felony charge is undoubtedly not what dad had in mind. There are better ways to deal with problem kids than calling "the authorities."

I'll bet dad is paying the lawyer for this fiasco.
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There are better ways to deal with problem kids than calling "the authorities."
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...choked it and threw it outside the house...
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I did get the police involved in my son's drug problem. It is what finally woke him up.
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I'm going to have a wild guess that there is waaaaaaaay more to this than we're being told.
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It is like parents asking the police to help with their kids' drug problems.
No it isn't. A drug problem affects the kid bodily and no one else (until they physically act out). Once the kid has become violent toward someone else or their property, it's time to call the police.
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I don't see any drug references in the posted quote.

Treating an animal cruelly is surely a sign of some greater problem, though.
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The teen needs help. That is not a good response to any quarrel and I bet it was not the first out of control act.

Let's blame it on the media influences.
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I don't see any drug references in the posted quote.

Treating an animal cruelly is surely a sign of some greater problem, though.
As a kid, did you ever do the sun and magnifying glass on ants ?

Or As a kid, purposely step on a snail ?
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As a kid, did you ever do the sun and magnifying glass on ants ?

Or As a kid, purposely step on a snail ?
Uh, not when I was 19 years old and surely not on a hamster.
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The hamster died from blunt force trauma, liver damage and a brain hemorrhage, he said.

An autopsy was done on the hamster?

Poor little guy.
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Not to be insensitive, but suppose, God forbid, the family cat had gotten the hamster instead. Would there be charges against the cat? Charges against Dad for reckless endangerment or criminal neglect or something. Just wondering, obviously I have nothing better to do tonight.
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Not to be insensitive, but suppose, God forbid, the family cat had gotten the hamster instead. Would there be charges against the cat? Charges against Dad for reckless endangerment or criminal neglect or something. Just wondering, obviously I have nothing better to do tonight.
I would say that there should also be charges against child protective services for not pre-emptively putting this child in a better home that would certainly prevent the development of this wanton criminality.

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Yes, I know most people eat meat and wear leather. And cats, dogs and other animals eat other, smaller animals. This is not usually done done for pleasure, laughs or to make a point with someone they are upset with.

Those who like to watch or directly inflict pain and suffering on helpless life forms are very distrubing to me.
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i say lock this sob up now before he hurts someone. it is a well known fact that people that are serial killers abused, tortured and killed animals, it only escalates. i'd hardly compare a hamster to ants or snails! a cat killing the hamster would be a totally different situation than what happened.
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