#TheList Raeef Saeed, born c. 1992, of 20 Melrose Road, Sheffield S3 9DN – glued a hamster to a plastic bottle in a ‘crucifixion pose’ for a sick Facebook selfie
In a prosecution case brought by the RSPCA, Saeed pleaded guilty to one offence under the Animal Welfare Act of causing unnecessary suffering to a small rodent by cruelly ill-treating the animal.
RSPCA inspector Jennie Ronksley said: “We got a call from a third party who had seen the ‘selfie’ then it ended up on Facebook and the post identified Saeed.
“I attended his house and he was shown a screenshot of the photo and admitted it was him. He was laughing and smiling – he couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about as he said he hadn’t killed it.
“He claimed the rodent was a wild mouse he’d caught on a glue board – though vets suspect it was in fact a pet Russian dwarf hamster and co-incidentally the defendant had owned a hamster and even showed me the empty cage.
“He said he’d prised the rodent off the glue board with a spoon and washed it under a tap with water during which time it was squealing.
“Glue boards are essentially just boards or trays of plastic, wood or cardboard coated in a extremely strong, immediately holding glue.
“They are horribly cruel and cause enormous suffering to the animals unfortunate enough to get stuck in them. The act of removing the rodent from this would have been horrific for the tiny creature.
“If that wasn’t enough he then stuck the poor animal to the bottle to take the photo before, he said, letting it go in the house somewhere.
“We don’t know what happened to it after that, no body was recovered, but it seems impossible that things ended well.”
Sentencing: 80 hours of unpaid work; costs and charges totalling £285. 12-month disqualification on keeping all animals.