Man facing 25 years for torturing a child’s hamster to death

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Man facing 25 years for torturing a child's hamster to death
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Man facing 25 years for torturing a child’s hamster to death. The 34-year-old man squeezed the pet to death in front of the child.

Roosevelt James Johnson was arrested in San Antonio in Texas. He was arrested on animal cruelty charges after allegedly “torturing a toddler’s hamster” to death “during an episode of domestic violence”.

Johnson has past convictions and is also facing charges for gun and drug possession. If convicted, he could go to prison for 25 years.

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According to the San Antonio government: “A 34-year-old man who allegedly tortured a young child’s hamster has been arrested and is facing several charges including animal cruelty.

“Roosevelt James Johnson was arrested by San Antonio police on October 20th at the 900 Blk of Culebra Rd. Johnson was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including one connected to the felony case in which he allegedly squeezed the child’s pet to death during a domestic violence disturbance on May 11th of this year.

“The animal cruelty case occurred at the Residences on Blanco apartment complex in the 12 thousand block of Blanco Rd. Due to past convictions and other outstanding felony charges, including gun and drug possession, Johnson now faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.


“Johnson’s arrest comes on the heels of a joint investigation by Animal Care Services and the San Antonio Police Department’s North Patrol Property Crimes Unit.”

Animal abuse has been linked to gender violence. In Spain, officials take into account a person’s history of animal abuse when assessing the risk of gender-based violence. This is done using Spain’s VioGen system.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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