N.Y. Teens Charged With Setting Turtle On Fire

BELLPORT, N.Y. -- Two New York teens have been charged with setting a turtle on fire and stabbing it with a pole until it died.

Suffolk County police arrested one suspect Friday and a second suspect Saturday.

Both 18-year-olds have been charged with animal cruelty and third-degree criminal trespass.

Police say the teens found a 12-pound snapper turtle on the side of a Bellport road on May 22 and placed it in a backyard fire pit.

Police say they doused the turtle with gasoline and set it on fire.

They say the teens then stabbed it through its shell with a metal pole until it died.


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  • by K Location: Baltimore on Jun 19, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    Gary, If you're setting a live snake on fire, you are also committing animal abuse and should see counceling for that - or the inside of a jail. Reptiles DO feel pain - they recover better from surgery with painkillers, just as dogs, cats, and people do. And it usually takes a reptile longer to die than a mammal, which makes it even worse. I bet those snakes in your yard aren't even venomous, are they? And no, I'm not in CA and I'm not an animal rights advocate, although I am an animal welfare advocate. As to S, animal cruetly knows no economic or educational boundries - there's just as much chance that those two men were brought up with money than without it.
  • by B Location: nc on Jun 15, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Yankee's nuff said.....
  • by gary Location: nc on Jun 15, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    all righty stirred up the Ca people. mainly animal rights people. When I find a snake in my yard, I pour gas on it and set it on fire. It is to keep other snakes out of the area and it does work. As for the amount of education I have,well I have just as much or more than most posting on here.And Kathryn,that cow was minding it's own defenseless self too but someone KILLED it. I don't hunt and I do not eat wild meat. you will find no trophys on my wall that I shot just because I can.
  • by dixiegurl Location: Washington on Jun 15, 2010 at 03:44 AM
    WITN, why did you pull the other story? The only difference was the picture of the men were included and the title read: NY Teens Charged With Setting Turtle On Fire. There were no periods after N and Y. There were a lot of insightful comments with that story.
  • by kathryn Location: gatesville on Jun 14, 2010 at 06:28 PM
    Gary, it is a big difference in consuming a dinner of beef and torturing a helpless, defenseless 12 lb. animal that was minding his own business. I have posted before and I will say it again, these two need punishment or they will do it again. Who knows that they haven't done this before and were not caught?
  • by dixiegurl Location: Washington on Jun 14, 2010 at 04:43 PM
    since Gary re-posted, so will I. At 18, these "boys" are considered MEN in the eyes of the law. At what age are we capable of empathy? 3? 4? Of discerning right from wrong? From your comments, Gary, I really have to wonder....
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 14, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    That was a pathetic thing of those boys to do what they did. Sentence them to Capital Punishment and have them get stabbed one good time and see how it feels. That will make everyone learn not to just be so cruel to the animals. Gary, there is a MAJOR difference between killing an animal from torturing and killing one to eat or mount on the wall.
  • by Lila Location: Jacksonville, FL on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    I agree, those boys are sick. What kind of parents raised them? Where did they get that from? Such a shame.
  • by lilysmom Location: Yucca Valley, CA on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM
    Total psychopathic behavior! Anyone who tortures innocent animals are only one step away from doing the same to humans, and children are usually the next victims. Thank God they were caught and will be prosecuted. And I hope they are forced to get some psychiatric help.
  • by D Location: Olympia WA on Jun 14, 2010 at 10:29 AM
    Even if they had planned on eating it there are humane ways of killing for food ie not setting live animals on fire and stabbing with a pole. When a cow is butchered it is mostly a quick and clean method with as little pain as possible. These boys tortured the animal. So the argument that it is the same is ridiculous.
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