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A pet owner in Clay hopes his guilty plea in town court this week doesn't equate to a death sentence for his 10-year-old, 28-inch long Snakehead fish.
Chris Deverso pleaded guilty Tuesday night and was fined $25 for possessing the illegal fish. He's now is scrambling to find "Rocky" a legal home. He's contacted zoos and aquariums, including the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park.
So far, he's had no luck. Rosamond Gifford Zoo officials told Deverso they can't take the fish because they don't have funding to build a large aquarium to house a single fish. A Snakehead would attack any other fish in the tank.
"This fish doesn't deserve to die," said Deverso, 37, who purchased the fish 10 years ago for $30 from a local pet store. "There has to be another solution."