When an irresponsible person left their pet turtle inside a Rhode Island home during subzero weather, they obviously didn’t care if she perished in the biting chill. Fortunately, the hearty reptile wasn’t about to let that act of cruelty slow her down!
After receiving reports of an abandoned animal inside a vacant home, the Coventry police went to the residence. When they arrived, it looked as though they might be too late to help.
“Located in the home was a fish tank that was frozen solid,” the Coventry Police Department wrote in a release. “Encased in the ice was a turtle.”
The turtle was actually still alive!
The officers removed the tank and placed the frozen turtle under the care of animal control. As the tank began to thaw overnight, the turtle shocked animal control workers:
“The next morning officers checked on the turtle and as they were removing the turtle from the tank one of its legs began to move,” the police department reports. “The turtle was placed into appropriate conditions and began to show more signs of life, eventually standing on its own and opening its eyes. The turtle was transferred to a local reptile organization where she continues her recovery and rehabilitation.”
They have appropriately named the turtle Elsa.
Coventry police also found a dog abandoned in the home. and said that the dog is said to be in fair condition and is being “nursed back to health.”
In the meantime, a suspect has been identified in this case of animal cruelty.
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