This is extremely disturbing:
A teenager who microwaved his brother's hamster has been sent to a young offenders' institution for four months, the RSPCA said.
The 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for
legal reasons, was also banned at Kettering Youth Court from keeping
animals for four years, the animal welfare charity added.
the one-year-old female golden hamster had to be put down after
suffering severe burns. One of its feet was burnt through to the bone.
boy, from the Corby area of Northamptonshire, threatened to microwave
his brother's hamster before he placed it in the cooker in March last
Torturing small animals is apparently a major indicator of a psychiatric disorder, so a degree of sympathy should be felt for the guilty teenager. Having said that, microwaving a hamster is particularly cruel, so a few months in a youth offenders institution is probably a good thing.