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A police dog ate my hamster...

Reporter: Lucy Kenderdine
Date online: 03 May 2013

A DRUGS bust took a bizarre twist when a police sniffer dog ate a pet hamster, a court was told.

During the raid on a house in Bath Street, Werneth, a drugs dog was allowed to walk around the house and knocked over a hamster cage, releasing the animal inside.

The dog chased and ate the hamster whole before being forced to cough up the now-dead animal.

No drugs charges were brought against Muza Khan (46) — but he appeared at Oldham Magistrates Court yesterday to answer RSPCA cruelty accusations after officers discovered a bald parakeet in distress during their raid

The parakeet, named Miko, was removed by police who believed it had been mistreated.

Khan pleaded guilty to failure to protect the animal from suffering. Hewas banned from keeping a bird for two years and fined £110, with £415 costs.

The RSPCA had inspected the bird: Mark Harper, prosecuting on its behalf, said the bird’s cage was dirty and its water dish held dirty, stagnant water.

The cage had been kept on the floor next to a radiator and television. Khan’s cat walked nearby.The bird was so distressed it had begun to pluck out its own feathers. It was treated and rehomed,

Tim Hughes, defending, said Khan had been given the bird three months before the incident when it was “almost bald”, and the bird was “on the up and up” after it came into his care.


The hamster is worse off than the parrot. Surely the police must charge themselves for cruelty to the hamster

Detective Inspector Freddie Starr said the dog dog didn't mean it.

Keeping any bird in a small cage should be considered as cruelty. In this case it's obvious the bird was highly stressed. I just wish the offender could be caged in a similar way.


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