Animal cruelty charges dropped after man allegedly neglected pet fish

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HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WCBD) – Charges are dropped against a North Carolina man who was facing four counts of animal cruelty after abandoning his pet fish.

Animal investigators say Michael Hinson was evicted from his home and his fish Oscar’s water quality was poor and the fish was left to die.

The fish was taken to a local fish store where they discovered a “hole in the head,” a disease that is fatal if left untreated. But, Oscar was given treatment and is now eating and getting the proper nutrition he needs.

It was Oscar’s condition that led investigators to their first animal cruelty case against a fish owner.

But, the animal cruelty charges have been dropped after the district attorney says fish are not protected under the cruelty to animals law.

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