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Wednesday, November 07, 2007 

Bob the Turtle...back in the news


Bob the Turtle in the hospital
Originally uploaded by Athenamama.

Bob is back home with his family, but they are all still traumatized from this horrific and unconscionable incident.

From KNBC

A Ventura County man who tortured a family's pet tortoise was sentenced on Monday, but the tortoise's owners say they are still suffering from the attack.

...Prosecutors said Mosqueda (18 at the time) snatched the 40-pound African spurred tortoise from a backyard on July 7, slashed its legs and neck, punctured its shell and threw it against a wall.

...Meanwhile, the family who owns the tortoise says their pain continues, and the ordeal has been particularly hard on a 12-year-old autistic boy who was making great strides in his development before the vicious attack. The boy's mother, Dorothy Sullivan, said the tortoise, named Bob, was her son's lifeline "out of the silent world of autism," KNBC's Chuck Henry reported.

We are going to remember Turtle Dreams in our holiday gift giving (we're not giving gifts...we're donating to Non-Profits in people's name) We hope that you remember their wonderful work in rehabing Bob.
Turtle Dreams, the only turtle and tortoise rehabilitation center in Santa Barbara, has, since 1994, been helping not only animals found by Santa Barbara animal control and rescue agencies but injured or abandoned reptiles from all over the nation as well. - SBIndependent

Turtle Dreams
2298 Featherhill Road
Montecito, CA 93108
(805) 969-5128

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Hey Jill! You said you had blogged about Bob and I finally found you : )! The turtle in the back yard is the same kind of turtle. I can't imagine the emotional pain of the family. How sad! I hope you are well!
Best,

Misty

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