Man reportedly arrested years after being accused of eating pet fish

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 17:08:57-05

A man was reportedly arrested years after being accused of eating a pet fish inside a Louisiana State University dorm.

According to Baton Rouge ABC affiliate WBRZ, Maxwell Taffin was staying in the dorm along with two friends in 2016. The affidavit obtained by KBRZ said the woman who owned the fish allowed her ex-boyfriend and his friends stay in her dorm during the weekend of the LSU-Ole Miss football game. Taffin's exact relationship to the woman was not specified.

When the student returned to her dorm after the game, Taffin was allowed back into the room to get his belongings. The report says Taffin told the woman to check on her fish tank as he left the room.

When she checked the tank, she noticed her pet fish was gone. WBRZ said Taffin later sent her a photo of feces in a toilet along with the message, "found your fish."

When LSU police spoke with Taffin in 2016, he confessed to swallowing the fish. He was asked to appear at the police department for a criminal summons, but failed to show up.

WBRZ said Taffin, now 21 years old, was finally arrested this week on charges of cruelty to animals and improper telephone communications.

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