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Duluth man kills roommate’s 4 ferrets, accused of animal cruelty

DULUTH, MN. (CBS3) – A Duluth man is behind bars after admitting to killing his roommate’s four emotional support ferrets with a BB gun after a fight.

Levi James Arneberg, 27, is charged with four counts of animal cruelty after Duluth police found the carcasses of dead ferrets in the alley outside their apartment on January 18.

According to police, Arneberg and his roommate Maurice Guski had been arguing the night before.

In court documents, the victim claimed Arneberg was holding a knife and said, “It would be serious if either of them got hurt. Get out the {expletive}!”

Police eventually found blood smeared around the apartment.

According to court documents, Arneberg later admitted to authorities that he killed the ferrets because they “smelled {expletive}.”

Before moving to Duluth, Guski told KBJR 6/CBS 3 that he ran a ferret rescue program for more than eight years in Louisiana.

Guski explained that these animals supported him emotionally after he suffered a stroke.

“Once they’re bonded to a person, they interact like any other pet. It’s almost like having a toddler,” Guski said.

Guski plans to have more ferrets as emotional support animals.

Arneberg is being held in St. Louis County Jail and will be back in court in February.

A judge set his bond at $20,000.

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