A disturbed mum has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after video footage was posted online allegedly showing her eating her family hamster.
The distressing clip was uploaded to Facebook appearing to show the rodent being swallowed in exchange for crack cocaine.
The woman is shown first supposedly killing the poor pet, which belonged to her daughter.
She then tilts her head back and devours the creature as she clutches a bottle of water – reportedly performing the wicked stunt in return for drugs.
Lincolnshire Police confirmed a woman from Lincolnshire, was arrested on Thursday as part of an RSPCA investigation.
The parent has been released but remains under police investigation.
A force spokesperson said: “We have arrested a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of cruelty to animals following a distressing video which was posted on social media depicting an act involving a hamster.
“The Grantham woman was arrested by our officers yesterday (June 23) following an investigation led by the RSPCA.
“She has been released under investigation, and we will continue to support the RSPCA with their investigation.”
A spokesperson for the RSPCA encouraged anyone who comes across the horrifying video on social media to report it to the respective platform.
They told people not to share to upsetting footage online.
“This is an extremely upsetting video and we’d like to reassure the public that we are investigating and working closely with the police,” the organisation said.
“Please do not call us about this video, unless you have first hand information about the incident which could aid an investigation, as it could stop emergency calls about animals in need getting through to us.
“If you see this video on social media please report it to the platform immediately.
“Please do not share it or comment on it as it increases the chances of other people seeing it and being distressed.”