ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Roswell police investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty are looking for whoever stabbed and beat a large turtle to death.
Police were called to the 700 block of North Greenwood Friday for some suspicious subjects.
When they got there they found six juveniles surrounding a mangled turtle.
The kids said they found the 24-inch-long tortoise and were only trying to help save it.
The animal had several stab wounds, and police found a 14-inch knife nearby and a hammer. They believe both were weapons in the crime.
The turtle was too badly injured to save.
Roswell police do not think the six juveniles had anything to do with the attack.
They did take the knife and hammer as evidence and will test for DNA and fingerprints.
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