Valpo Man Draws Gun on Mom's Dog Over Dead Hamster

By Andrew Greiner
|  Friday, Dec 4, 2009  |  Updated 10:58 AM CDT
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A pot-smoking hamster lover from Valparaiso allegedly threatened to kill his mom’s dog after the pooch snacked on his tiny, furry pet.

It all started when Brian Sutherland, 26, brought his pet hamster into the kitchen of his mother’s home. He thought the hamster was safe inside its plastic exercise ball, so he put it on the kitchen floor with the dogs, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.

He and his mom talked and laughed as the dogs chased after the rolling rodent. But one of the pooches managed to crack the ball and munched on the little furball.

Egads!

Sutherland, who watched the incident go down, pried the hamster out of the dogs jaws, and when he saw it was dead, he ran for his gun.

“I’m going to kill the dogs,” he said, according to police reports.

Sutherland’s mom, who loves her pooches, got between her son and the dog to act as a human shield. But Sutherland allegedly said: “I can go through you.”

That scared her enough that she tried to call the cops.

But Sutherland ripped the batteries from her cell and her cordless phones. His mother managed to get a call out on a different phone, however and police were dispatched to stop the canine caper.

Valpo police showed up with guns drawn and ordered Sutherland to stand down, which he did.

They then searched his room and found marijuana and smoking pipes.

Valparaiso police charged Sutherland with criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, intimidation, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and interference with reporting a crime. He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Police said the man is bipolar and hasn’t been medication, which could have led to the gun incident.

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