|Turtle with screws|
A family in Canada, called police after three pet turtles were stolen from their backyard pond last week. In addition, they put up signs in the neighborhood asking if anyone saw the missing turtles.
A few days later, one of the turtles was returned to their home. It was left on their porch with several drilled holes in its shell. Once again, they called police to report the incident.
Animal rights advocates said that in the past, when people wanted to keep turtles as pets, they would drill the shell and put the turtle on a leash in their yard.
“Drilling a hole through a turtle's shell is as painful as drilling through a person's bone, as their shells are
comprised of live tissue with nerve endings," an animal activist said.
This practice is now considered extremely cruel. One can be charged with animal cruelty for drilling a hole in a turtle's shell, activists warn.