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article imageLong Island, NY's beautiful beach areas hit by animal abusers

By Joan Firstenberg     Jul 28, 2011 in Crime
Montauk - One or several animal abusers on Long Island, NY's beach areas killed a seagull by throwing a rock at it, injured a swan by shooting an arrow through it, and hammered a nail into a turtle's hard back.
It happened at the beach front Royal Atlantic Hotel in Montauk, New York, where swans and turtles make their home. The New York Daily News reports that some perverted animal abusers decided to make these wild, harmless creatures a target of strange and brutal abuse. First they threw a rock the size of a brick at a seagull, who died almost immediately from the impact. Then they shot an arrow right through a swan's body.
The SPCA in Suffolk County reports that the swan was found swimming near Riverhead park June 22 with the arrow running right through its torso. Officials located the turtle July 5 walking around with a 3-inch nail sticking out of the bottom of its shell in a Sag Harbor backyard.
A vet at a Hampton Bays rescue center says the turtle is 17-years old and once the rusty nail was removed and the opening sealed the turtle seemed to be back to normal, and was able to munch on some lettuce at the center. Ginnie Frati, the center's founder says miraculously, the nail narrowly missed all of the Eastern Box turtle's vital organs
"The turtle is doing better."
The swan, nicknamed Cygnus by the rescue center, is still sitting silently inside a nearby cage at the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center although the arrow has been removed. Frati's prognosis for the swan is not quite as positive.
"The swan has been through so much, for so long, that I think it will take it longer to recuperate than the turtle."
Donations have been pouring into the nonprofit Suffolk County SPCA after these twin attacks.
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