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Man jailed for drugging hamster with LSD

  • WARNING: This video contains pictures of drugs and cruelty to animals.

A man from Lancaster has been jailed for drugging a hamster and causing unnecessary suffering and failing to meet the needs of two dogs.

Nchinumya Ntembe, 22, was in court via video link from prison. He is already serving another sentence.

The RSPCA says he is the third and final person to be dealt with as part of its prosecution case.

Footage shows Ntembe adding LSD to a bottle of ‘Tizer’ before filling hamster Mr Chow’s water bottle with it. It also shows Mr Chow being given cannabis leaves to eat.

It’s clear that Ntembe and the other man involved with the hamster incident - who has already been dealt with - are aware that what they are doing could cause Mr Chow suffering.

They can be heard saying things like “This could be the end for Mr Chow” and egging each other on to give him more drugs.

There were three dogs at the property - two of them belonging to Ntembe and one to another of the defendants.

Ntembe’s dogs Zeus and Faith were in a terrible state. Zeus’ face was so swollen it was a completely different shape to the shape it should have been and both were very thin and living in.

– RSPCA inspector Sarah Hayland

Ntembe pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act at a hearing last month.

He has been sentenced to four months in prison to run concurrent to the sentence he is already serving. He has also been disqualified from keeping animals for eight years.

His dogs, Faith and Zeus, have been in RSPCA care since May. They will not be returned to him.

Ntembe was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Once the appeal period is over, the RSPCA plans to rehome the dogs. A third dog, named Troy, and the hamster, Mr Chow, have already been rehomed.