Reward grows for information on turtle beating

Snapping turtle injured at Walworth Co. golf course

Published On: Jun 19 2013 07:00:19 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 19 2013 07:19:12 PM CDT
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DELAVAN, Wis. -

Investigators hope a growing reward fund prompts someone to come forward with information about an animal cruelty case.

The fund now stands at $10,000.

A female snapping turtle was found beaten last week at the Delbrook Golf Course. The reptile had large gouges in its shell and later died from the injuries.

Investigators with Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources have interviewed almost all of the golfers who were at the golf course June 10. Now, the DNR wants someone to come forward and be honest about what happened, said Juan Gomez, the DNR's conservation warden for Walworth County.

The golfers' names were listed on the course's tee time roster, Gomez said.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Watertown, Wis.-based, Global Conservation Group are each donating $5,000 to the reward fund.

Witnesses or anyone else with information should contact the DNR by calling its anonymous tipline at (800) 847-9367 or the Walworth County Sheriff's Office at (262) 741-4440.