September 3, 2017
It happened in Germany. Their neighbors complained to the service of animal protection that was in charge of the freshwater turtle and their owners face charges for child abuse.
A couple of Dortmund, Germany, found the turtle tied to a garden, with a hole drilled in the carapace and in full sun. According to the German newspaper Bild, the owners of the animal went on holiday and, to prevent the animal from escaping, they decided to drill the shell and to introduce there a ring attached to a cable.
The couple who found the turtle called to the fire, and a protector of animals. Max Schaurte, responsible for the shelter where they removed the ‘string’ to the animal, stated that “you must have suffered a terrible pain, because the shell is like the human skin“.