The RSPCA has expressed frustration after the sentencing of a teenager who microwaved his little brother's hamster was delayed for a second time.
The 16-year-old from Corby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was due to be sentenced at a youth court in Kettering yesterday but a psychiatric report on the boy was not ready.
RSPCA Inspector Clint Davis said: "I feel frustrated. It's unfortunate, but doctors and psychiatrists don't rush.
"It's frustrating because we make all the arrangements but it's out of my hands."
When the previous hearing was adjourned for a psychiatric report the boy was told he would face a custodial sentence or hospital treatment.
The boy was released on bail and will appear at court again on March 12