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Tortured Calif. tortoise returns home
AP-YAhoo! ^ | 8-18-07

Posted on 08/18/2007 10:21:21 AM PDT by Dysart

VENTURA, Calif. - A 42-pound pet tortoise that was slashed and mutilated after being stolen from a family's yard is home following more than a month in a rehabilitation center.

The tortoise, Bob, heartily ate a meal of hibiscus flowers and roses — its first since having a feeding tube pulled from its neck, owner Dorothy Sullivan said Friday.

"He's eating like a pig," she said. "He's doing great and we're pretty excited."

The 25-year-old African spurred tortoise was snatched from Sullivan's yard on July 7. Police, following an anonymous tip, found the injured animal behind an apartment complex several days later.

The tortoise's hind legs were badly cut, a toe was cut off, its neck was slashed and its shell was punctured with a sharp object. The attacker tried to cut the animal out of its shell and threw it against a wall, police said.

Jose "Tony" Mosqueda, 18, of Ventura, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. He pleaded not guilty. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison, prosecutors said.

Sullivan said Bob is a friend to her 6-year-old autistic son William, who rarely spoke to people but chattered to the animal. She said the boy was withdrawn during the tortoise's stay at Turtle Dreams, a Montecito rehab center, but has started talking again since Bob's return.

"It's made a good impact on our son. He's sleeping through the night and he's opening up," Sullivan said.

A benefit concert was planned for Sunday at a Ventura night club to raise money to help pay the animal's veterinary bills.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: California
KEYWORDS: tortoise

This file photo released by the Ventura, Calif., Police Department, Friday, July 13, 2007, shows Bob, an endangered African spurred tortoise, who was slashed, stabbed and mutilated after being stolen Saturday from his home in Ventura. The 42-pound pet tortoise is home Friday, Aug. 17, 2007 following more than a month in a rehabilitation center. The tortoise, Bob, heartily ate a meal of hibiscus flowers and roses, its first since having a feeding tube pulled from its neck, owner Dorothy Sullivan said Friday. (AP Photo/Ventura County Police Department)

1 posted on 08/18/2007 10:21:21 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart; sit-rep; Squantos; Eaker; agent_delta

How do you repair a tortoise, anyway? Bondo?


2 posted on 08/18/2007 10:24:24 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Larry Lucido

Turtle Wax


3 posted on 08/18/2007 10:27:24 AM PDT by Mayhem
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To: Dysart

what is a private family doing owning an endangered animal?


4 posted on 08/18/2007 10:29:35 AM PDT by lawgirl (She comes on like thunder and she's more right than rain)
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To: Mayhem

How anyone can do these things to another living thing is beyond me. Horrible!


5 posted on 08/18/2007 10:29:41 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABLER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: Larry Lucido

Epoxy works pretty good. Most people may not know that tortoises become very tame, to the point of coming when called. I can see how this family is very attached to the critter.


6 posted on 08/18/2007 10:33:59 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Aria
How anyone can do these things to another living thing is beyond me. Horrible!

I mostly agree with your sentiment...but then I remember some of my genocidal rages against cockroaches (God's creatures, too). In their society, I am considered worse than Chemical Ali. I fear that their take on me will be the one that is ultimately written into history. After all, it is ~the winners~ who finally record the events of this earth. [grin]

(It really is upsetting to read about a moron tortuing an animal as in this article...even a reptile, at least one with a good rep like turtles.)

7 posted on 08/18/2007 10:38:01 AM PDT by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: lawgirl
what is a private family doing owning an endangered animal?

Well you may own one so long as it was already in the animal trade system (I believe). The prohibition involves taking them from the wild and exporting them for commercial porpoises.

8 posted on 08/18/2007 10:39:15 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart
This guy brought a turtle to my Mother at work and she brought it home for my brother to keep as a pet. It turns out it was a snapping turtle. One day he was handing it off to one of his pals and it extended its neck and bit my brother on the stomach then quickly extracted itself into the shell. It stayed clamped on his stomach and we couldn’t get it off.

He was passing out because when he breathed it clamped down harder. They called an ambulance. Meanwhile he’s in a recliner and one boy is holding the turtle in the air so it wouldn’t fall over and rip the meat from my brother’s stomach. Another guy was stabbing it with a knife but it didn’t let go. Then the neighbor came in with a garden hose and started spraying it (he was a nutcase).

Anyway, my brother’s friend finally grabs a hammer and knocks a perfect hole in the shell. Then the nutcase jambs the hose into the hole and the turtle’s legs and neck came out and blew up like a balloon. It finally let go. The ambulance got there a short time later and one of the paramedics, a young girl, refused to help my brother because she was mad about the turtle being killed. The other paramedic gave him a shot and loaded him onto a gurney and took him to the hospital.

9 posted on 08/18/2007 10:40:02 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Dysart

If Jose “tony” is convicted hope he gets 3 years.


10 posted on 08/18/2007 10:41:49 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
It’s okay to kill something as long as it’s ugly. Killing rats is fine but if you start killing squirrels you’re a sicko. Killing roaches is fine. Butterflies, sick. Go figure.
11 posted on 08/18/2007 10:42:03 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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"He's eating like a pig,"

I would hazzard to guess he is eating like a tortoise.

12 posted on 08/18/2007 10:42:43 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: Larry Lucido

mccoy had a similar task:

http://allyourtrekarebelongto.us/horta.jpg


13 posted on 08/18/2007 10:43:09 AM PDT by isom35
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To: Dysart

the guy who did this is sick. he is definetly a serial-killer in the making. most of them start by torturing and killing animals


14 posted on 08/18/2007 10:44:13 AM PDT by ChurtleDawg (kill em all)
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To: Long Island Pete
I would hazzard to guess he is eating like a tortoise.

Don't be so reckless with your guesses. They're gifts. Save them up and give them out at parties. That's what I do.
15 posted on 08/18/2007 10:45:19 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: lawgirl

“what is a private family doing owning an endangered animal?

Given the animal’s age, he may have been acquired by the family before being put on the endangered species list.


16 posted on 08/18/2007 10:45:32 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: Jaysun

Ouch! That’s a gruesome tale. I’ve always had a soft spot for Turtles and Torti, but I’d probably have to draw the line at Snapping Turtles, or at least admire them from a great distance.


17 posted on 08/18/2007 10:45:55 AM PDT by Dysart
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To: mefistofelerevised; Jaysun
3 years...with a snapping turtle!
18 posted on 08/18/2007 10:46:43 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: rabscuttle385
3 years...with a snapping turtle!

Huh? You've had a snapping turtle for 3 years? A snapping turtle held you hostage for 3 years? What?
19 posted on 08/18/2007 10:49:37 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Jaysun

If you’re dumb enough to play with a snapping turtle, you deserve what you get. I hope the jerk who tortured this turtle gets real jail time.


20 posted on 08/18/2007 10:50:12 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Jaysun
No, no, no. I was responding to the quote If Jose “tony” is convicted hope he gets 3 years. but figured that since you told us the snapping turtle story, you should probably get copied on it.
21 posted on 08/18/2007 10:50:33 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: Jaysun
It’s okay to kill something as long as it’s ugly.

Uhh...I would say something about Rats, but that would get me in trouble.

22 posted on 08/18/2007 10:51:33 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: rabscuttle385

Oh, I see.


23 posted on 08/18/2007 10:56:13 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Yeah, welding them doesn’t work to well.


24 posted on 08/18/2007 11:10:00 AM PDT by lesser_satan (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: Larry Lucido

Dunno, but I repaired a tank, with bondo, once.


25 posted on 08/18/2007 11:19:05 AM PDT by patton (Congress would lose money running a brothel.)
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To: lawgirl
SoCal.! I've heard-on the sly of course-that tortoise fighting is very big lately in SoCal.

Anybody know where Mike Vick was on July 7?

26 posted on 08/18/2007 11:23:11 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: Aria
"How anyone can do these things to another living thing is beyond me. Horrible!"

It's the Michael Vick syndrome, you understand. Born without a soul or simply discarded it somewhere along the way.

Sorry. Redemption is impossible in these cases. God doesn't want them and perhaps even Satan will reject them.

27 posted on 08/18/2007 11:23:17 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: Jaysun

Wow! Sounds like the real parties are happening at your house!


28 posted on 08/18/2007 11:27:51 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: rabscuttle385

Ouch!


29 posted on 08/18/2007 11:32:50 AM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: Grizzled Bear
Wow! Sounds like the real parties are happening at your house!

We were just kids. Today our parties are fairly tame (unless you count the midget strippers, the gunfire, the beer trucks, and the viking costumes).
30 posted on 08/18/2007 11:37:36 AM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Jaysun
Should have tried a zippo


one of the paramedics, a young girl, refused to help my brother because she was mad about the turtle being killed. The other paramedic gave him a shot and loaded him onto a gurney and took him to the hospital.

That sounds like grounds for a lawsuit

31 posted on 08/18/2007 11:52:38 AM PDT by Charlespg (Peace= When we trod the ruins of Mecca and Medina under our infidel boots.)
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To: Jaysun
It’s okay to kill something as long as it’s ugly.

Hot damn! It's open season on Helen Thomas, boys!

32 posted on 08/18/2007 11:53:07 AM PDT by Fatuncle (Of course I'm ignorant. I'm here to learn.)
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To: Fatuncle
Hot damn! It's open season on Helen Thomas, boys!

Don't even think about taking her without the proper tag. The fines are horrendous, like ten dollars or something.
33 posted on 08/18/2007 12:00:47 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Charlespg
Should have tried a zippo

To burn the legs or heat the shell?
34 posted on 08/18/2007 12:01:41 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: Jaysun
Don't even think about taking her without the proper tag. The fines are horrendous, like ten dollars or something.

I would willingly pay the fine. However, I've gotten a nasty comment about poisoning buzzards. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea.

35 posted on 08/18/2007 12:15:29 PM PDT by Fatuncle (Of course I'm ignorant. I'm here to learn.)
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To: Fatuncle
I would willingly pay the fine. However, I've gotten a nasty comment about poisoning buzzards. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea.

You have to use a claw hammer in most states until October. Some won't allow poisoning until the middle of November. So I think you'd still be fine.
36 posted on 08/18/2007 12:19:59 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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To: BuffaloJack

I used to have a desert tortoise when I was a kid. I named it Herman. One of my relatives, who lived out in the desert, found it and gave it to me. It lived out in our back yard. On Saturdays when it was time to mow the lawn, I had to go out there and find it, and bring it to safety so it wouldn’t get mowed over.


37 posted on 08/18/2007 12:31:58 PM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: mefistofelerevised

No, not me. The guy who tortured the turtle! He should get three years with a snapper.


38 posted on 08/18/2007 12:39:04 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Sic Semper Tyrannis * U.Va. Engineering '09 * Friends Don't Let Friends Vote Democrat * Fred in 2008)
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To: rabscuttle385

An 18 year old in prison will learn a new definition of the word ‘punk’.


39 posted on 08/18/2007 1:31:41 PM PDT by mefistofelerevised
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To: Dysart

Cooter pie:

First you take a live cooter and wait for him to stick his head out from under his shell. When he does this, you grab it and whack it off. Take a hatchet to the underside so you can get to the meat and remove it along with the liver, tripe, and eggs (if any). Set aside.

1/2 cup of chopped bacon 1 stewed tomato, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped 1 teaspoon of thyme
2 toes of garlic, crushed 1/4 cup of flour

Fry all the above down until it’s brown, then add the cooter and continue to cook. It’s best in a black iron dutch oven. Don’t forget to salt and pepper it to your taste.

Brown the flour in an iron frying pan. Stir it constantly to avoid burning. Make sure you brown it good. Then add it to the cooter with enough water to make it soupy. Stew down til meat is falling off the bone and the liquid is thick.

Now make biscuit dough and drop small-sized biscuits over the top of the stew. Stick it in a preheated oven at 400 degrees and bake until golden.


40 posted on 08/18/2007 3:59:44 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: stinkerpot65
Oh, old family recipe?


41 posted on 08/18/2007 4:09:16 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

How did you get my family photos?

I wonder what “Got root?” means. Or maybe I don’t want to know.


42 posted on 08/18/2007 7:53:48 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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