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Teens charged with setting turtle on fire

The News Leader

June 13, 2010 5:50:02 AM PDT
Two teens have been charged with setting a turtle on fire in New York 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 were 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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