A 21-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after admitting he ate a woman’s pet betta fish in a Louisiana State University dorm room more than two years ago, police said.
The incident occurred in October 2016 after a woman allowed Maxwell Taffin, then 18 years old, and two of his friends to stay in her dorm during the weekend of the LSU-Ole Miss football game, WBRZ-TV reported, citing an arrest warrant.
As he was leaving, Taffin allegedly told the woman to check her fish tank -- at which point the woman noticed her fish was missing, according to WWL-TV. Later, Taffin allegedly texted the woman a picture of the fish covered in feces along with the message: “found your fish.”
Taffin told LSU police he swallowed the fish, WBRZ-TV reported, citing the affidavit.
“Yeah, I'll be honest with you. I ate the fish,” he reportedly told officers.
He was later asked to appear at the campus police department for a criminal summons, but failed to do so and was subsequently charged with animal cruelty and improper telephone communications.