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July 01, 2013 | 01:01 PM
Evidently, the DNR's investigation into the June 10 fatal turtle beating on a Delavan golf course will end without anyone facing charges.

According to online reports last week, the DNR told the Global Conservation Group — a Wisconsin animal rights organization — that it has exhausted all of its resources on the case.

The DNR reportedly interviewed people at the golf course at the time of the beating, which is believed to have occurred between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Officials conducted interviews over the phone and by making house calls, according to examiner.com.

On June 24, the Global Conservation Group issued this statement on Facebook.

"We had our cruelty investigation department look into the case to determine its difficulty and they concluded that this case, despite the available time frame, will be difficult to solve because the members on the golf course could and did bring anybody they wanted to golf with them — and those nonmembers were not recorded in any records."

The female snapping turtle that died as a result of a fractured skull and holes in its shell was believed to have been laying eggs in a sand trap at Delbrook Golf Course.

A DNR warden brought the turtle to Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital, town of Geneva, for treatment shortly after the incident.

On June 11, the turtle was transferred to Pineview Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Fremont. It died the next day.

The incident prompted several to express outrage online via social media networks. On June 14, Yvonne Wallace Blane, of Fellow Mortals, said she was happy to see that. She also said animal abuse cases such as these are not rare — a female mallard duck was admitted to her hospital the same day as the turtle, after it lost an eye and suffered a fractured skull because someone threw rocks at it.

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In a June 14 telephone interview, Dan Piecha — general manager of Delbrook — said the turtle beating is not something the golf course condones, nor is it common, calling the incident "an anomaly."

He also said the golf course will contribute to the reward. The club is taking up its own collection, and golfers have donated money, Piecha said.

"All the money that we are collecting, that our golfers are voluntarily donating, we will collect and donate to that reward fund," he said.

As of last week, the Global Conservation Group and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, is each offering a $5,000 reward leading to an arrest and conviction of whoever beat the turtle.

On Facebook June 24, Fellow Mortals posted a status update.

"We are very disappointed that the investigation into the death by beating of 'Grace,' a snapping turtle, has resulted in no suspects and no arrest," the hospital stated. "Despite this, she will not have died for nothing as long as everyone who cared enough to speak out continues to speak out against cruelty and abuse toward any living being."


Tags: County Report, Geneva Linn

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