A man has been prosecuted after feeding his pet hamster cannabis and pouring an LSD-laced soft drink into its water bottle.
Video footage discovered by the RSPA last year shows Nchinumya Ntembe, 22, filling the hamster’s water bottle with Tizer laced with the psychoactive Class B drug LSD at a property in Heysham, Lancashire. The hamster, named Mr Chow, is also shown eating cannabis leaves for food.
Ntembe also faced charges of failing to meet the standards to care for two dogs, which the RSPCA said were found in a “terrible state” at his property.
On Monday, he admitted five counts of animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act and was jailed for four months at Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He has also been banned from keeping animals for eight years.
The animals survived and have been rehomed.
RSPCA inspector Sarah Hayland commented:
“It’s clear that Ntembe and the other man involved with the hamster incident – who has already been dealt with – are aware that what they are doing could cause Mr Chow suffering.
“They can be heard saying things like “This could be the end for Mr Chow” and egging each other on to give him more drugs.
“There were three dogs at the property – two of them belonging to Ntembe and one to another of the defendants.
“Ntembe’s dogs Zeus and Faith were in a terrible state. Zeus’ face was so swollen it was a completely different shape to the shape it should have been and both were very thin and living in filth.”