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Florida Man “Sadistically Mutilated” Pets, Cites Stress, Anxiety

Christian Hunter, 21, killed at least eight hamsters in an effort to relieve stress and anger, investigators said. (Collier County Sheriff's Office/Collier County Sheriff's Office)

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NAPLES, Fla. — A Florida man killed at least eight hamsters in an effort to relieve stress and anger, investigators said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said Christian Hunter, 21, severed the head of a hamster and left the remains of the mutilated animal in a blood-smeared box on the side of the road, WINK reported.

A resident found the box Jan. 5 and told detectives she had found several others over the last year with “sadistically mutilated” animals inside.

The box also contained bloody wipes, an empty scissors package, a finger-nail file package and a receipt from a pet store.

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The receipt indicated a short-haired hamster was purchased for $14.99 at 5:16 p.m. on Jan. 4.

The sale was to a customer using a fake name and address, investigators said.

Authorities obtained the surveillance video from the Lee County pet store and determined Hunter as the suspect.

Investigators said Hunter admitted that he bought the hamster under a fake name.

He also told detectives he killed the animal to relieve stress and anger, WINK reported.

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He was arrested in Collier County on Tuesday and charged with felony cruelty to animals and unlawful disposal of a dead animal, a misdemeanor, investigators said … 

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