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article imagePolice dog eats suspect's pet hamster during drugs raid

By Lesley Lanir     May 5, 2013 in Odd News
Oldham - A police-dog brought to a home in Werneth, Oldham, Greater Manchester for a drug bust, knocked over the suspect's pet hamster cage, chased the hamster, caught it and ate it. A bald pet parrot was also discovered in the raid.
Metro and Digital Spy report that Greater Manchester police went for a routine drugs raid at the home of 46-year-old Muza Kahn. They were accompanied by a fully-trained sniffer dog. During the raid the police-dog is reported to have knocked over Mr Kahn's pet hamster cage causing the pet to escape. The police sniffer-dog caught the hamster and swallowed it. The dog-handler forced the dog to regurgitate the rodent but the little creature was found to be dead.
Although no charges were brought against Mr Khan in connection to the drugs raid, the police officers found a bald uncared-for parakeet called Miko. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) removed the bird and prosecuted Mr Khan who pleaded guilty to failing to prevent suffering. He was fined the equivalent of US$170 and told to pay US$600 costs. In addition, Mr Kahn was banned from keeping a bird for two years.
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