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Old 08-23-2012, 07:36 AM   #1
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Turtle taped to balloons and sent floating over California city

Turtle taped to balloons and sent floating over California city

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Published August 22, 2012
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OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Humane Society officials in a Southern California city are trying to determine who duct-taped a turtle to a bunch of balloons and sent it soaring

Chanelle Wright told KGTV-TV Tuesday that she and her neighbors found the turtle taped to the green and blue balloons caught atop a eucalyptus tree in Oceanside on Sunday.

Wright said she called the Humane Society and Fire Department, who arrived about an hour later. Firefighters were about to rescue the turtle with a ladder truck when a gust of wind came and blew it to the ground.

Humane Society officials say they are keeping the turtle, which wasn't hurt, while they investigate.

Wright says she was horrified by the animal abuse and plans to adopt the turtle if no one claims it.
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/08/22...lifornia-city/

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FIREFIGHTERS had to be called in to rescue a turtle that had been duct-taped to more than two dozen balloons and sent flying.
The Humane Society is investigating after the turtle was discovered dangling from the balloons, which had become caught in a tree, in Southern California.

Chanelle Wright told KGTV-TV that she and her neighbours called the Humane Society and Fire Department after discovering the distressed animal in Oceanside on Sunday.

Firefighters, who arrived about an hour later, were about to rescue the turtle with a ladder truck when a gust of wind came and blew it to the ground.

Humane Society officials say they are keeping the turtle, which wasn't hurt, while they investigate.

Those responsible could face charges of animal abuse.

Wright says she was horrified by the animal abuse and plans to adopt the turtle if no one claims it.

Joel Rabagos told KGTV: "What were you thinking? I mean, a turtle is still life. There's no reason to be putting him up in a balloon and sending him off."
http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/tur...-1226456569874
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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