A pet owner who fed cannabis and a soft drink spiked with LSD to his hamster has been jailed for four months and banned from keeping animals for eight years.
Nchinumya Ntembe, 22, poured Tizer laced with the hallucinogenic into a water bottle and fed marijuana leaves to the rodent, named Mr Chow, Lancaster Magistrates heard.
Mobile ‘phone footage released by the RSPCA shows Ntembe and others laughing and “egging each other on” as Mr Chow ingests the drugs. Ntembe can be heard saying: “This could be the end for Mr Chow.”
Police had attended the property on a warrant and discovered the animals and the footage of cruelty on mobile phones.
Ntembe, of Cypress Road, Lancaster, pleaded guilty to five cruelty offences including two counts of causing a poisonous or injurious drug, namely cannabis and LSD, to be given to a hamster and three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to his two dogs in failing to investigate and treat their poor body condition and facial and head injuries.
The hamster recovered and was taken into the care of the RSPCA, as were the two dogs. The court heard that all three animals have since been re-homed.