Large Turtle Hit By Car, Shot By Police

Injured turtle was on treelawn by Case and Detroit roads.


It was an especially bad day for a large turtle in Avon, when it was first hit by a car and then shot three times by the police.

On Aug. 28, received a call from a man at 7:50 a.m. advising them of a large, injured turtle at the corner of Case and Detroit roads.

“It was struck by a car and severely injured,” Avon Police Chief Richard Bosley said by email.

He added the caller reported the turtle, in the tree lawn, was about 16 inches in diameter. 

“The turtle was shot three times (by police),” he said. 

The turtle’s remains were then removed by the Avon service department.

Jill August 31, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Seriously?? Can I say red neck target shooting?! This was an injured turtle; there's NO reason what so ever to shoot it three times. Obviously a veterinarian or an animal specialist was not called to find the most HUMANE way to end this turtles life. VERY disappointed in how this was handled!
Jeff August 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Seriously, was the injured turtle going to run off and attack the neighbors? Not handled very well...
Stan Stepak August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I really can't believe what I am reading.
Lorie August 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Absolutely disgusting. This turtle was seriously injured and if it could not be helped should have been humanely euthanized. Is the Avon police a bunch of redneck hillbillies?
Cheri August 31, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I do believe that the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is right around the corner in Bay. There had to be a way to humanely deal with this. Surely Avon can afford to pay the nature center to handle this or euthanize out of the view of the public. Right?
cindy eging August 31, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I agree with all of the above comments. My first thought would have been to call anyone who might know a little more about turtles, and what to do with it!
Steve August 31, 2012 at 04:13 PM
This makes my blood boil. You are so right Cheri, except that bullets only cost 15 cents, but transporting it to LENSC would have cost $2.00 in gas. Not to menchion bragging rights among the force. There is no real training anymore.
Michelle Szegedy August 31, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I totally agree. What a mess; the animal may have been saved as well. Think of how long it has probably lived too
Bob August 31, 2012 at 04:39 PM
If the turtle was severely injured, shooting it immediately ends its suffering. Loading, transporting and setting up for a euthanization takes time, all the while Mr. Turtle is in agony. Just so you can feel better about humanely killing it? I'm a big animal person but at the time, it was probably the best course of action for the little guy.
Lori E. Switaj August 31, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Without going into the gory details, I can tell you the turtle was reportedly in a bad, bad way.
Laurie August 31, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Nothing better to do? This is just sick.
Johnny V. August 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Why would you post a photo of a box turtle, when the turtle in question was obviously a snapping turtle?
Nick B. Fernando August 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
The city is safer because our officers were willing to use their firearms. That turtle could not be allowed to remain in the road. It was a hazard. When will the people in this town quit feeding the turtles? They wouldn't be near people if people didn't feed them!
French Swede August 31, 2012 at 06:12 PM
They shoot horses, don't they?
MZ August 31, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Bob, I was thinking the same thing. Why prolong the agony.
Lori E. Switaj August 31, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Funny people, funny. Johnny, maybe it was a Mata Mata Turtle. Go ahead, ask what's a mata.
Peggy August 31, 2012 at 10:14 PM
I also find it disturbing that the officer found it necessary to shoot the turtle, but what upsets me even more was that it took the officer three shots to put the turtle out of his misery???? I think that was a little bit like overkill or else that officer needs to hit the range and hone his target skills. Let's all be thankful that nobody was hurt by a stray bullet while the officer was shooting!
MZ August 31, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Maybe it was a teenage mutant ninja turtle.
G.W. August 31, 2012 at 11:59 PM
You funny.
Bob Griffith September 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
They should have called turtle man.
Dave September 01, 2012 at 11:50 PM
But 3 shots? for such a speedy target? What if it was.... say a rabbit, or a chcken? Do they take away marksman points for missing?
Jim C September 02, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Nick, You're a moron. Should the police shoot you if you are injured? You also need to learn to read. The turtle was not in the street.
Jay September 02, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Box turtles are a 'species of concern' according to the ODNR division of wildlife, because of thoughtless drivers who make no attempt to avoid running over them when they amble across the roads. Many other types of turtles in the US are listed as endangered species, so are (supposedly) better protected from humans. The turtle should have been taken to a vet, animal refuge etc, to see if it could be saved, not shot 3 times by a trigger happy cop who couldn't be bothered dealing with the creatures well being. For a cop to just stand there and shoot the poor creature, 3 times for gods sake, was inhumane and cruel. If he can be so cold and callous to shoot a defenceless creature so easily, I can only imagine what he'd be like with a defencesless human being laying injured on the side of the road.
Mary Lynne Zahler September 03, 2012 at 03:45 AM
So sad to read this. It was bad enough that the poor turtle was hit and injured, but to then be shot 3 times (!) in addition? That is so inhumane. Why couldn't someone just take it to a vet for help or euthanasia if that was necessary? Better yet, why don't the police stations have lists of vets or even certified animal rehabbers who can be called for help in situations like this? I also think that maybe our policemen need some genuine training in how to help our animal friends too, if this is the kind of behavior they are practicing.
D Lococo September 03, 2012 at 06:02 AM
None of you have ever tried to pick up a snaping turtle, it can take off a hand and can snap quickly!!! All said the officer made need a little target practice..
Jeff September 03, 2012 at 01:17 PM
So was it a snapping turtle or a box turtle?
sportsman October 22, 2012 at 12:55 AM
what about a middleburg cop shoots kitten 10 years ago


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