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.

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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