A North Carolina man is being charged with abusing a fish for leaving the animal behind in his condominium after he was evicted on March 22.
Within the first case of its form in New Hanover County, Michael Ray Hinson was charged Wednesday with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty to a fish, and one depend of abandonment of an animal.
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The 53-year-old allegedly deserted his 6-inch-long Oscar fish, price $40-$50, after he was evicted from his condominium, WECT first reported.
The 1-year-old fish was discovered on March 25 swimming in a unclean tank and affected by head and lateral line erosion, or “hole-in-the-head” illness. The pet was eliminated and turned over to the Wilmington pet store The Fish Room, the place it’s presently being rehabilitated, in response to The State.
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“It got here in with a illness, gap within the head, which is a parasite that’s attributable to poor water high quality and malnutrition,” worker Ethan Lane instructed The State. “It was a reasonably extreme case of the illness, which opens sores and lesions on the fish’s head. It’s an an infection that may be deadly.”
Lane instructed The State that the fish had survived on cockroaches that fell into its tank after it had been deserted.
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Hinson was reportedly given a $four,000 unsecured bond and launched from jail. He might face a most 1 yr in jail and a court-determined superb for misdemeanor animal cruelty in North Carolina.