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Tortoise escapes unscathed after being thrown from vehicle

Animal welfare chiefs in Staffordshire now appealing for help to trace driver

RSPCA inspectors are hunting a driver who hurled a tortoise out of a car window onto the roadside.

A delivery driver rescued the Horsfield’s tortoise on Tuesday on Ashbourne Road, Stoke-on-Trent, after seeing the creature being thrown and pulling over to investigate.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said: “This poor tortoise was lying on the side of the road, so the driver picked him up and took him to the nearest vet.

“The vet had concerns about the welfare of the tortoise and the cruel manner in which he’d been abandoned so called us in.”

The tortoise has been named Mr Roadrunner in recognition of his dramatic ordeal, and is said to be “doing quite well” while being cared for by the RSPCA.

Inspector Melvin added: “If he isn’t claimed, then we will look for a loving new home for him.

“I’m now investigating what happened to Mr Roadrunner and who was responsible for discarding him in such a cruel way.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who may know where he has come from or saw anything suspicious in the area on Tuesday afternoon to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information which may aid the investigation should call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Melvin.

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