- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Authorities say they’re investigating two Virginia men after a hamster was doused with gasoline and set ablaze.

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper (https://bit.ly/2afp5nt) reports that the men shared a video of the alleged abuse on the message sharing app Snapchat. The Virginia Beach Animal Control Unit says it received a complaint and questioned the men the next day.

Investigators say one of the men brought the hamster to his friend’s house to feed to his pet snake. One of the men claims the reptile bit the rodent but didn’t kill it. Sometime afterward, the animal was set on fire.

No charges are currently listed for either man in online court records. But search warrants have been filed for a cellphone belonging to one of the men.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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