Man accused of throwing cage with hamster inside at proprietor, case goes to jury trial

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CAMERON COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A Brownsville man accused of throwing a hamster cage with the hamster nonetheless inside on the pet’s proprietor will face a jury trial for his cost.

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Luis Alberto Miranda, 20, was charged with inflicting bodily harm to an animal after, in keeping with an indictment, he threw a hamster’s cage on the animal’s proprietor with the pet nonetheless inside on April 4, 2021.

An indictment was issued for the cost in October.

On Nov. 8, Miranda subsequently pleaded not responsible to the cost, which is a third-degree felony.

The indictment states that Miranda’s accused motion is animal cruelty as a result of it was not within the type of searching, trapping, wildlife administration, or any sort of animal observe regulated by state and federal regulation.

The situation of the hamster following this incident is unknown presently.

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Miranda’s not responsible plea means this case will head to a trial and be determined by a jury.

The trial is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2022.

Cruelty to non-livestock animals is a state jail felony in Texas. If convicted, Miranda might withstand two years in jail, however not more than 180 days.

Miranda can be dealing with a household violence assault cost regarding the identical state of affairs. He waived his arraignment for this cost and can face a jury trial in March 2022. This cost is labeled as a Class A Misdemeanor.

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