A Louisiana man pleaded guilty Tuesday to intentionally squeezing a hamster to death at a pet store.
Vincent Caracci, 21, was sentenced to two years' probation and 80 hours of community service for the charge of aggravated cruelty to animals, WVUE reported.
Caracci, a resident of Metairie, went into the now-closed store, Lakeside Pets, last March and began roughly handling the animals, a clerk told deputies.
When the clerk told Caracci to stop, he picked up a hamster and "continued to squeeze the animal until it made a loud squeaking sound and [stopped] breathing," according to an arrest report obtained by the Times-Picayune.
The woman then asked Caracci what he was doing, and said he "said nothing, but stared at [her] with a mean disposition."