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Friday, Jan 17, 2003County: Litchfield
Alleged: Cale Carrico
An 18-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with cruelty to animals and breach of the peace for killing a gerbil.
According to police, Cale Carrico stomped the gerbil to death after it bit him when he took it out of his shirt pocket to show to some friends at a convenience store in Torrington. He told police it was a gift from his girlfriend.
The misdemeanor cruelty charge carries a punishment of up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
But as a first offender, Carrico is eligible for an accelerated rehabilitation program under which charges would be dropped.
- Koat channel 7 New Mexico
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