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SOZ­ZLED Tracey Mc­gre­gor hurled a ham­ster and its cage down a flight of stairs dur­ing a row, a court was told.

The 28-year-old ( above) was steam­ing drunk as she rowed with her half-sis­ter Leanne An­der­son as young chil­dren watched.

She claimed the ham­ster, called Jeff, wasn’t in the cage at the time but a court re­jected her claim and she was found guilty of an­i­mal cru­elty.

She was or­dered to carry out un­paid work as part of a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

Sher­iff Robert Mccreadie said: “It is for­tu­nate that the ham­ster was not killed but the dis­tress to the an­i­mal must have been con­sid­er­able. There was dis­tress caused to chil­dren, who ran out of the house past the ham­ster – they were re­ally up­set.

“The de­fen­dant is noted as pos­ing a high risk of fu­ture of­fend­ing, doesn’t show any re­morse, and con­tin­ues to deny the ham­ster was in the cage when the ev­i­dence points to the con­trary.”

Miss An­der­son said Mc­gre­gor had been drunk and had been asked to leave the house af­ter shout­ing and swear­ing about the teenager and an­other rel­a­tive.

She said Mac­gre­gor re­acted to the re­quest by grab­bing the cage with Jeff in it and hurl­ing it down a flight of stairs.

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