Oklahoma City man was arrested on an animal cruelty complaint after turtle's shell broken

An Oklahoma City man was arrested on an animal cruelty complaint Thursday after an animal control officer found a turtle with a broken shell in the street.
BY NASREEN IQBAL niqbal@opubco.com Published: June 26, 2012
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An Oklahoma City man was arrested on an animal cruelty complaint Thursday after a turtle with a broken shell was found in the street. The turtle later died.

Derrick Derrell Peace, 39, denied he injured the turtle when reached by telephone Monday.

Animal welfare officer Rory Garien found the injured turtle when he responded to a phone call from a neighbor.

Garien said he called an Oklahoma City police officer, who arrested Peace.

The red-eared slider turtle was taken to the Oklahoma City Zoo and then to the WildCare Foundation in Noble where it was given fluids and pain medication.

The turtle died in less than 24 hours.

“Unfortunately she did not make it,” said Jennie Mook, an intern at the WildCare Foundation. “When a turtle's shell is cracked to that extent, there's no telling what kind of damage has been done to its internal organs. Her shell was too far gone.”

Mook said the turtle died from internal bleeding.

Garien said Peace could face a $1,200 fine and up to a year in jail if convicted on an animal cruelty charge.


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