PETITION TARGET: Florida State Attorney Amira D. Fox
UPDATE (9/30/21): Christian Hunter pleaded not guilty to counts of cruelty to animals and unlawful disposal of dead animals on March 1. His next court hearing is Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Collier Circuit Court before Judge Joseph G. Foster.
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.