BRISTOL, Conn. — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail after police say he cut a pet fish in half during a domestic dispute.
The Bristol Press reports 33-year-old Juan Vega pleaded guilty Tuesday to breach of peace. As part of the plea deal, a charge of cruelty to animals was dropped.
Authorities say police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a Bristol home April 27. Police say Vega argued with a woman and damaged property at the residence. The woman’s 9-year-old son told officers the family’s pet betta fish was killed.
The prosecutor says the fish killing “really did traumatize” the child.