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A sick man in Texas is facing animal cruelty charges after he was caught on video smashing a turtle to death with a hammer. The Facebook video you see below was shot by a jogger named Geoffrey Frank. He, along with a few other people, noticed 55-year-old Terry Washington using the hammer on the nearly 40-pound snapping turtle.
According to the witnesses, Washington and a friend had been fishing, and this turtle had been bothering them all day long. He told police the turtle was scaring all the fish away.
So when Washington accidentally hooked the turtle with his line, he took advantage of the situation and smashed it repeatedly with a hammer. He later told police he was simply trying to protect himself because the turtle had lunged at him, which we all know is absolute bullsh-t. If you can’t escape a turtle attack, then maybe you shouldn’t leave your house.
After Frank posted the video to his Facebook page, the footage spread locally and that’s when authorities got involved. Washington turned himself in two days after police started searching for him.
This week, a little over a month since the incident, police charged him with cruelty to a non-livestock animal. That’s a felony. He was also slapped with two misdemeanors related to killing wildlife.
Frank is still shocked by what he witnessed a month ago, but he’s happy Washington is being punished…
“The city came together to bring justice to a turtle, when many would have just walked by and said, ‘Oh, it’s just an animal.’”
Source: The Washington Post