PETITION TARGET: Florida State Attorney Amira D. Fox
UPDATE (2/15/2022): Christian Hunter pleaded guilty on Jan. 25, 2022, to an animal cruelty count of intentionally causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal. He was sentenced to 60 months (5 years) of probation and ordered to pay fines of $2,399 for court and investigation costs, according to court records. We are disgusted that an act of fatal, intentional cruelty to an innocent hamster resulted in probation. We thank the more than 38,600 people who signed our petition demanding true justice, which we sent on to the prosecutor. We will continue doing all we can to advocate for innocent animals everywhere. —Lady Freethinker Staff
Found on the side of the road in a blood-smeared box, a decapitated hamster is the latest victim in a suspected case of serial animal abuse in Collier County and Lee County, Fla.
The sinister scene revealed the helpless rodent’s tortured carcass and a box containing an empty scissor package, fingernail file package, and bloody wipes, the Naples Daily News reported.
A pet store receipt and surveillance footage led detectives to 21-year-old Christian Hunter. They charged him with felony animal cruelty and the unlawful disposal of a dead animal.
Several other “sadistically mutilated” small animals have appeared nearby over the last year, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and Hunter has been accused of animal cruelty in the past.
Court documents show the suspect admitted to killing at least eight animals, including the recently discovered hamster, and told officers he killed the rodent to relieve stress and anger, WINK reported.
The link between animal cruelty and human abuse has been well documented. Many sadistic killers start off harming animals for fun or “stress relief.” This crime must be taken seriously.
These defenseless animals must have justice and their killer must be stopped before any other animals are brutally slaughtered. Sign this petition urging Florida State Attorney Amira D. Fox to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law.