Skip to comments.Man accused of abandoning pet fish faces animal cruelty charges
Posted on 04/04/2019 3:01:38 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A New Hanover County man was arrested on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly failed to provide fresh water and food to his pet fish and abandoned it after he was evicted from his home last month.
Michael Ray Hinson, 53, was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and one count of abandonment of an animal. He was given a $4,000 unsecured bond and later released from jail.
Lt. Jerry Brewer, spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriffs Office, said Hinson was evicted from his home on Two Chopt Road on Friday, March 22. Deputies with the agencys civil unit went to the home the following Monday and noticed that Hinson left behind an Oscar fish that was in poor health and swimming in a dirty tank.
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I do not.
I believe we should be able to eat our pets, as well.
Can we now go to jail for a salmon dinner?
if you consider cows you raise or whatever, pets, before the slaughter, I agree too.
As for this fish thing...it’s absurd.
But anyone tries to harm my little cat buddy, they wont see tomorrow.
That’s a promise.
Think about clams on the half-shell....they’re still alive!
This would be a typical story for Dr Phil.
...but kill the babies...that’s ok.
What’s next? Jail time for forgetting to water your plants when you go on vacation?
He could have just swallowed it.
Or, flushed, and given it a chance.
Personally, I can’t stand it when people don’t take care of their house plants.
Did he have a license for his fish?
Flashback to scout camp when some of the guys caught a coral snake and took it to the nature lodge. Those people put it in an aquarium next to a window and the afternoon sun baked it to death.
Why didn’t he take it to a pet shop and give it to them free?
“Personally, I cant stand it when people dont take care of their house plants.”
You’d really hate me.
Did he have a license for his fish?
Yes,but he made the fish pay for it. Cost him a fin.
Tired of your pet fish. FLUSH goes the toilet and all evidence goes down the drain. Case closed.
As an animal lover; I don’t want to see any creature abused or neglected but this is taking it too far.
I had tilapia for lunch. I guess I should feel guilty now.
They are kicking this guy hard while he’s down. He would have been better off feeding the Oscar to a local cat after cutting the head off.
The only counterpoint I have to the mostly justified ridicule of this action is that I personally believe that anyone who is deliberately cruel to an animal bears watching for signs of the sort of sociopathy that leads to harming humans.
It’s one thing to raise an animal for food, it’s something else to hurt one for pleasure, even if it is one’s ‘property’ I certainly would never hire, rent to or associate with someone who abused an animal.
Maybe you have to terminate its life, but the sort of person would cause unneeded pain is not the sort of person I care to see continue breathing. If you can’t take CARE of it, and can’t give it away, at least dispatch it mercifully.
I think the proper thing to do in response is take my kids fishing this weekend.
I dont take care of my plastic potted plants.
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