Case of the Abandoned Suckerfish: Animal Care Services Finds Peculiar Fish in Apartment

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A suckerfish, also known as Hypostomus plecostomus, was found in a Southeast Side apartment. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • A suckerfish, also known as Hypostomus plecostomus, was found in a Southeast Side apartment.
Animal abandonment cases that make the news typically involve dozens of cats, litters of puppies, maybe the occasional chicken — although they can probably fend for themselves.

Rare is the newsworthy abandoned fish, much less an abandoned Plecostomus — a South American suckerfish that eats algae, and looks like a beast from another time.

But today, Animal Care Services found just that. The 2-foot-long fish was found in an abandoned apartment on the Southeast Side, with a dead fish inside the tank, too. Five dogs and three cats were also found in the home.

ACS has taken custody of the animals, and the case has been referred to the department's cruelty investigators.

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