Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
BCM
User Panel

Posted: 8/14/2007 3:09:50 PM EDT
Man Allegedly Tortures 'Bob The Tortoise'
Rehab Center Says Turtle Doing Well

POSTED: 10:46 pm PDT July 19, 2007
UPDATED: 10:49 pm PDT July 19, 2007


VENTURA, Calif. -- A man who police believe tortured an endangered tortoise by trying to cut him out of his shell and throwing him against a wall was arrested Thursday.

The 25-year-old African spurred tortoise, named Bob, was slashed and stabbed after being stolen from the home of an autistic boy. After he was brutalized, the turtle was dumped in brush behind an apartment complex and an anonymous caller told the family where to find him.

Witnesses to the torture provided information that helped lead to the arrest of Jose "Tony" Mosqueda, 18, of Ventura, who was booked at the county jail for investigation of cruelty to animals and grand theft, police said.


"It's a good feeling. It's kind of neat," Sgt. Jack Richards said. "It just really pulled at some heartstrings and it's good to have someone in custody."

The turtle is recovering at Turtle Dreams, a Montecito rehabilitation center. He remained in guarded condition and was being fed through a tube in his neck.

"He's getting more relaxed and coming out of his shell" more often, said Jeanie Vaughan, the center's owner. "If he continues without any infection, I think he's going to be fine."

Earlier this week, he gave owners Dorothy and Bill Sullivan some hope when he reached a key milestone in his recovery: bringing his head out of his shell and taking his first steps.

The tortoise collapsed but then managed to take eight steps.

"When he finished, he had a tear in his eye ... as did the rest of us," Dorothy Sullivan said. "It was an excellent, great sign."

Dorothy Sullivan said that she and her son danced with happiness when they heard of the arrest. Her son has not been sleeping well since the attack, she said.

"His security fell apart," she said. "He was afraid that somebody was going to come and steal him and take him away and hurt him."

"Now he feels safe. Now he can go out and play," she said.

The family has installed security cameras and an alarm on the backyard fence so that Bob will be safer when he returns.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:12:19 PM EDT
[#1]
At least he didn't sell him a dead bird.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:15:39 PM EDT
[#2]
So are turtles good pets "special needs" kids, being they are built like tanks?
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:16:59 PM EDT
[#3]
Just torturing the pets Americans don't want to torture.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:17:33 PM EDT
[#4]
Waiting for the full force arfcom pile-on that it is only an animal, so no problem.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:20:00 PM EDT
[#5]
Good lord thats pretty sick and twisted.

I don't care what your stance on animals is taking some disabled boy's turtle and doing that is just plain evil.

If that had been my kid or even a kid in my neighborhood I would seriously put down an ass kicking on that guy.  
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:21:33 PM EDT
[#6]
As a mother of an autistic boy I think its really pointless to point out that the kid is autistic.  He's just a boy that had his pet tortured.  That alone is really enough to gain sympathy.  His feelings aren't anymore sensitive [and most likely a lot less considering autistic children typically depending on their functioning level are more detached] than any other boy with a pet.

So with that said, shame on the asshat that tortured a little boy's pet.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:22:57 PM EDT
[#7]
Poor turtle

I am glad he's recovering.  An animal hospital which caters specifically to turtles?  Only in CA, but I am very thankful for that.

What a fucked-up thing to do.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:23:38 PM EDT
[#8]

Quoted:
As a mother of an autistic boy I think its really pointless to point out that the kid is autistic.  He's just a boy that had his pet tortured.  That alone is really enough to gain sympathy.  His feelings aren't anymore sensitive [and most likely a lot less considering autistic children typically depending on their functioning level are more detached] than any other boy with a pet.

So with that said, shame on the asshat that tortured a little boy's pet.
It just makes it more painfull that it was an autistic boys pet.  I know it doesn't make a difference but it feels worse for some reason.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:24:34 PM EDT
[#9]
What the hell is wrong with people?

I seem to be asking that a lot lately.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:24:50 PM EDT
[#10]
this ah.. person that did that should be taken to the soccer field and beheaded...

seriously.. at least put down..

next he will be kidnapping and rapping little girls then chopping them up... common pattern with serial killers... torturing animals..
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:25:08 PM EDT
[#11]
There are alot of sick fuckers out there.
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:25:54 PM EDT
[#12]

Quoted:
There are alot of sick fuckers out there.


Hence my firearm collection
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:44:41 PM EDT
[#13]
"Turtle! The other white meat!"
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 3:49:40 PM EDT
[#14]

Quoted:
So are turtles good pets "special needs" kids, being they are built like tanks?





Close Join Our Mail List to Stay Up To Date! Win a FREE Membership!

Sign up for the ARFCOM weekly newsletter and be entered to win a free ARFCOM membership. One new winner* is announced every week!

You will receive an email every Friday morning featuring the latest chatter from the hottest topics, breaking news surrounding legislation, as well as exclusive deals only available to ARFCOM email subscribers.


By signing up you agree to our User Agreement. *Must have a registered ARFCOM account to win.
Top Top