Arrested for abandoning a fish? That’s what happened to 53 year old Michael Hinson in Wilmington, NC. It seems he was charged when he was evicted from his residence and left the fish behind. He was charged with animal cruelty and abandonment but charges have since been dropped since fish are not protected under related statues that define “animal” as amphibians, reptiles, bird and mammals excluding humans. Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said this was the county’s first animal cruelty case involving a fish.