Bob, a friendly, 42-pound African tortoise, remains in intensive care in a Santa Barbara animal hospital after the pet was snatched from the backyard of a Ventura home over the weekend, mutilated and left to die behind an apartment complex.
Authorities are asking for the public’s help in solving the case, believed to be one of the worst incidents of animal abuse in Ventura in years and one that could bring felony charges.
Bob’s neck and leathery legs were slashed and his dark green shell was stabbed repeatedly in a possible effort to re-create an episode of the Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild cable television show, where the military-trained host kills and eats a tortoise to survive, an anonymous caller told the family.
…Bob was more than a household pet to the Sullivans, whose 6-year-old son William is autistic and until a couple of years ago didn’t speak to humans, communicating instead through sign language.
But with Bob, the little boy, who also has the rare neuron-genetic disorder Angelman Syndrome, was a regular chatterbox. The approachable reptile opened an inexplicable window into william’s inner world, and the boy would bare details of his days at school and of private life, his mother said. – Ventura County Star
Queen Whackamole at Fuller&Fuller – “the couple is facing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in veterinarian bills.” Jeanie Vaughan at Turtle Dreams is working with the veterinarian treating bob… Bob seems to be in stable condition. If you’d like to help with the Sullivan’s vet bill, you can send a check to Turtle Dreams, and make a note that it is for Bob’s expenses:
2298 Feather Hill Road,
Montecito, CA 93108-1542
Please help Bob! If you can send money, please do. If you are unable to send a monetary donation, please help by spreading the word about this horrible, terrible, tragic crime. Perhaps someone who reads your blog WILL be able to send a donation. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for taking the time to help Bob in any way that you can.