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article imageTurtle eaten by golden retriever lives

By RobotGod     Feb 16, 2007 in World
A palm-sized pet turtle and the golden retriever that gobbled it up survived the misadventure thanks to the quick actions of a 12-year-old girl, a veterinarian said.
The saga of Pepper the red-eared slider turtle and Bella the golden retriever started last week. Shelby Terihay, 12, moved her pet pond turtles indoors to protect them from a cold snap - a plan that worked well until Bella found some of the turtles in a bathtub, The Tampa Tribune reported.
A quick headcount confirmed Bella had swallowed one of the turtles. Shelby insisted on a rescue mission and, on the advice of a vet, her parents made Bella vomit. Out came Pepper, still alive despite a shattered shell and an estimated 10 minutes inside Bella's belly.
The vet patched up the turtle's shell and all is well again. I am amazed that the turtle survived. If left alone, it would have killed the dog. Great happy ending. They asked the vet and did what he said. I wonder how long it will take for the turtles shell to heal. If shells do heal.
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