Long Island man sues PetSmart for emotional distress after dozens of koi die

He didn’t sleep because of the fishes.

A Long Island man claims something was fishy with dozens of koi he bought at PetSmart for his backyard pond.

The colorful carp quickly began dying off, with red streaks in their fins signaling a bacterial infection that would keep him up at night.

“I lost 20 pounds since all this happened,” Bruce Smith, 64, of Smithtown, told The Post. “I would get up at 3 a.m. every night to come out here, dreading to come out here, and they’d be on their side and gasping and you knew the next time, they’d be gone. There was no stopping it.”

Smith was so devastated by the loss of his finned friends that he’s suing PetSmart in Brooklyn Federal Court for emotional distress.

The woodshop owner explained that he found himself with time on his hands during the pandemic, so he decided to spend $4,000 to build a 4,000-gallon pond and stock it with $12,000 worth of koi — a Japanese species which can live for decades.

“Some people have cats, dogs, birds — I got fish,” he said.

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