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Man gets 120 days in jail for cutting pet fish in half, 'traumatizing' child

Man killed fish during argument, police say
Man gets 120 days in jail for cutting pet fish in half, 'traumatizing' child
Posted at 6:36 AM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 09:17:40-04

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — 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.