Reward for information leading to arrest in turtle beating increased

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by Chris Patterson

DELAVAN -- The animal rights group PETA is now contributing to a reward fund to find the person who beat a turtle to death on a golf course.

With PETA's pledge the reward now goes up to $8,000 for information.

A female snapping turtle mutilated at Delbrook Golf Course in Delavan died Wednesday.

It's believed the turtle was beaten Monday morning, June 10th.

DNR investigators speculated the attacked happened at hole four at the Delbrook Golf course between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. They say the female turtle was looking for a place to lay her eggs, and was found lying in the sand bunker.. We're told no eggs were found in the sand bunker.

The turtle was struck in the eye, and had holes in its shell. It was scheduled for surgery, but died before the Pine View Rehabilitation Center could perform surgery. The turtle's severe internal damage led to liver failure.

The Global Conservation Group of Watertown is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this incident. If you have any information, please call Wisconsin DNR hotline at 1-800-847-9367. That's 1-800-TIP-WNDR.

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