Cruelty beyond words... please adopt him in California!

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I just want to add - this is just in the news because it was a preschool and having a big tortoise stabbed is pretty rare. Thousands of dogs, cats, and even my profile picture (chinchillas) are killed everyday for fun or for profit. It's awful what humans will do for money and for enjoyment.

Unfortunately, animal cruelty is like overpopulation. It's not very controllable. We can however make sure that we don't buy pets from places like puppy mills. (Yes petco, I'm talking about you).

Make sure to be very careful about where you sell or buy pets. You might just very well save a life from abuse and despair.
 

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In the SF Bay Area there was a news Article of the Beating of Michelangelo a Large Sulcata Tort. On 2021-01-31
Here's A link to the article..


This poor Tort had a broom stick shoved in between it's head and front leg, AND, broken piece of 2 x 4 lodged in it's shell.
Dang, this guy/gal is tough.

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In the SF Bay Area there was a news Article of the Beating of Michelangelo a Large Sulcata Tort. On 2021-01-31
Here's A link to the article..


This poor Tort had a broom stick shoved in between it's head and front leg, AND, broken piece of 2 x 4 lodged in it's shell.
Dang, this guy/gal is tough.

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The story was posted earlier. I'm stunned. I cannot tolerate people who let people like this roam our streets. That's why I'm over here.
 

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'between 40 and 70 years old' - I'm glad it's not just me struggling to age my torts!

I'm slightly relieved a mentally ill man was responsible and has since been arrested... Not some sadistic kids.
 

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What kind of an evil person does this to a poor, innocent animal?
Poor tort.. I really hope he recovers well... 🥺
The individual was arrested and is mentally ill. We should all have our hearts out for this poor tort. However, mental illness is a serious issue especially in areas like SF were the homeless population is largely swept aside and unaided. As a person who struggles with PTSD and Trauma we should be careful not to characterize mental illness as "evil" the man is clearly sick and unwell. We wouldn't call a wolf with rabies evil if it bit another animal. I am not directing this at you but just raising awareness that mental illness is a serious issue. What happened was horrible and thank goodness the man was arrested.
 

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The individual was arrested and is mentally ill. We should all have our hearts out for this poor tort. However, mental illness is a serious issue especially in areas like SF were the homeless population is largely swept aside and unaided. As a person who struggles with PTSD and Trauma we should be careful not to characterize mental illness as "evil" the man is clearly sick and unwell. We wouldn't call a wolf with rabies evil if it bit another animal. I am not directing this at you but just raising awareness that mental illness is a serious issue. What happened was horrible and thank goodness the man was arrested.

Oh I was not aware that this man was suffering from mental illness. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I just feel really bad for this poor tortoise 😢
 

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Oh, and the guy was released later and returned to the same Preschool Monday Morn. and was rearrested.

SAN JOSE — The 40-year-old man arrested over the weekend on suspicion of bludgeoning and stabbing a decades-old 65-pound tortoise in a San Jose preschool garden was released from custody, then returned Monday morning with a brick, apparently looking for the injured tortoise.
The suspect, George Robles, ran off when the preschool director arrived at 6:40 a.m. Monday, a half hour before dozens of children ages 18 months to 5 years old, who adore the preschool pet and named him Michelangelo, began arriving.
“I was terrified. I saw the guy, the same guy, run out from the side gate,” Yvonne Co, director of Play ‘N’ Learn Preschool in East San Jose said Monday. “He should not have been released after something like this. That’s insane. What could he do next to anyone else?”

Fortunately, Michelangelo the Tort was still At the hospital recuperating.
 

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The guy who did this was arrested on Friday with two felony charges got out on Monday and came back with a brick, pulled the blankets out of the tortoises home and was searching for the poor thing. The man ended up back in custody that day.
 

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Oh, and the guy was released later and returned to the same Preschool Monday Morn. and was rearrested.

SAN JOSE — The 40-year-old man arrested over the weekend on suspicion of bludgeoning and stabbing a decades-old 65-pound tortoise in a San Jose preschool garden was released from custody, then returned Monday morning with a brick, apparently looking for the injured tortoise.
The suspect, George Robles, ran off when the preschool director arrived at 6:40 a.m. Monday, a half hour before dozens of children ages 18 months to 5 years old, who adore the preschool pet and named him Michelangelo, began arriving.
“I was terrified. I saw the guy, the same guy, run out from the side gate,” Yvonne Co, director of Play ‘N’ Learn Preschool in East San Jose said Monday. “He should not have been released after something like this. That’s insane. What could he do next to anyone else?”

Fortunately, Michelangelo the Tort was still At the hospital recuperating.

OMG... I am speechless...
 
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