A DEAD tortoise with a smashed shell has been found in the churchyard of a Hockley Church, in what The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) say are “suspicious circumstances.”
A member of the public made the grisly discovery in the grounds of at St Mary’s Church on Rectory Road, on September 20.
The RSPCA was alerted, and an officer from the organisation visited the site and uncovered the tortoise’s lifeless body.
Notably, a significant portion of its shell was absent, and it appears that the tortoise, which lacked a microchip, had been dead for some time, as indications of decomposition were evident.
An inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the discovery is currently in progress.
Animal Rescue Officer Enola Evans said: “We are unsure as to how this happened, but one possibility is that it could have been in suspicious circumstances.
“Therefore, we would urge anyone who might have any information in regards to what happened to the tortoise to call the RSPCA in confidence on the inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018 quoting incident 01156562.”
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