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Authorities Looking For Person Who Tied Turtle To Balloons
CBSLA.com) ^ | August 22, 2012 11:50 PM

Posted on 08/23/2012 9:00:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin

OCEANSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Authorities are looking for suspects in an animal abuse case involving a turtle that was duct-taped to helium balloons.

A resident was outraged by what he saw and videotaped the turtle as it was swinging it arms up in the air.

Soon after, the balloons got caught in some trees and firefighters were able to rescue the reptile.

“I bet it was terrified, dangling back and forth because the wind was pushing it side to side,” said Joel Rabago, who saw the turtle.

“It’s animal abuse. I mean, if you didn’t want the turtle give it away, take it to a pet store. There’s lots of agencies for turtles,” Chanelle Wright said.

Authorities say the person responsible could face animal cruelty charges.


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To: DallasDeb

I know it was cruel, but I can just see in my mind a very curious 9-year old doing an “experiment” without thinking of the consequences to the turtle. He may not have even believed the balloon could cary the turtle’s weight.


That was my first thought, too. How many kids have done silly things to animals without thinking about how it might hurt them. My sister flushed her live fish down the toilet when she was little, and then bawled and bawled when it didn’t swim back. (She said she was putting him on the waterslide or something). This kid might have thought the turtle was going to have fun. Seriously, somewhere a little kid is watching the news and thinking... “They are coming for me and putting me in jail...”

As someone else mentioned, no one put a fire cracker in its shell or anything; this was non-malicious intent, if you ask me.


51 posted on 08/23/2012 11:22:01 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: Conservaliberty

“As God is my witness, I thought that Turtles could fly.”


52 posted on 08/23/2012 11:22:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BenLurkin

Sounds like something an overly-curious eight year old boy might to.

For sure the kid deserves a talking to. Not 18 months in solitary at Folsom.


53 posted on 08/23/2012 11:23:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dfwgator

I’ll have a double order of that, some turtle soup and a waffer thin mint please!


54 posted on 08/23/2012 11:26:59 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Buckeye McFrog
For sure the kid deserves a talking to. Not 18 months in solitary at Folsom.

It is sheer insanity to treat the dumb things kids do like capital crimes against the state. That is true abuse perpetrated by highly neurotic adults.

55 posted on 08/23/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Rebelbase

LOL!!! That is too funny. I used to do model rocketry all the time. My sister and I would stick little fisher-price people in the payload. I’m pretty sure a few grasshoppers took the expedition, too. And all of this was under my father’s watchful and exuberant eye. (He only had daughters—so the fact we liked rocketry was one of the only things that saved him from all of the barbie dolls lying around.) We asked my dad to put all kinds of wacky things in the payload, most of which he refused because of simple physics.

Putting a turtle on a ballon is pretty mild compared to lizards in a payload, if you think about the turbulence of it.

But it’s pretty clear that Disney-Pixar is a guilty party in this animal cruelty case. Where do you think they got the idea for ballons????? “Up” will be a banned movie soon.


56 posted on 08/23/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by Conservaliberty (I've written over 200 pages for a novel. But I didn't do that. Somebody else made that happen.)
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To: BenLurkin
There’s lots of agencies for turtles

I learn something every day.

57 posted on 08/23/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: Fundamentally Fair
There’s lots of agencies for turtles

And not enough psychiatrists apparently.

58 posted on 08/23/2012 11:35:03 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: SolidRedState
This story smells fishy, might be some sort of a shell game.
59 posted on 08/23/2012 11:37:55 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: BenLurkin

or to anyone—this was probably a kid who wanted to give the turtle a ride and had leftover birthday balloons—so while stupid not necessarily malicious—


60 posted on 08/23/2012 12:14:12 PM PDT by lauraw
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To: ThirdMate

This thread needs Zombie kid!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMNry4PE93Y


61 posted on 08/24/2012 7:59:37 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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