VIDEO: Cruelty probe launched after live turtle dumped in Dundee street bin

Locals in a quiet cul-de-sac have blasted the people who dumped a live terrapin turtle in a Eurobin.

The unusual discovery was made in Marryat Terrace by Denis Griffin, 33, who had gone to dispose of his household waste.

Measuring about 10 inches in size, the reptile had been placed on top of rubbish bags in the bin before it fell further into the refuse container.

Denis initially thought it was a discarded toy or ornament.

The terrapin was found in a Eurobin.

He said: “I’d just put my household waste out and had to do a double take to see if it was real – of all the places for someone to leave it.

“I’ve lived here for seven years and I’ve never seen anything like it.

“I contacted the Scottish SPCA and the animal control at Dundee City Council to make them aware of the situation.”

Fellow resident Kirsty Sturrock, 30, said she was “disgusted” that someone had abandoned the creature.

She said: “I’ve only recently moved to the area and it is certainly not something you’d expect to happen.

“I’m disgusted that someone has just left it in there to die.

“It could have easily been put into the back of a bin lorry with the workers not having a clue it was inside.

“It is such a quiet area so I’d be surprised to hear if it was resident who had dumped it in there.”

Kirsty Sturrock and Scottish SPCA officer Beverley O’Lone with the rescued terrapin.

Local Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Beverley O’Lone, was able to scoop the animal from the bin.

She said: “It is quite common for people to abandon the terrapins once they grow in size.

“More than likely what has happened is whoever owned the terrapin hasn’t expected it to get so big.

“Usually they are dumped in a pond – I’ve never previously come across one dumped in a bin. If he hadn’t been discovered, he would more than likely have ended up in a landfill site.

“We’ll need to get him to a specialist vet to check his shell. Terrapins can also carry salmonella.”

Scottish SPCA chief superintendent Mike Flynn added: “Feeding and care make exotic creatures such as terrapins costly pets to keep, and these animals certainly should not be considered on a whim. Terrapins can be bought cheaply when they are the size of a 50p piece and look very cute.

“Often people don’t realise that they can grow up to 12 inches long and live for up to 30 years.

“Some buyers don’t appreciate the level of cleaning and care required to keep an exotic creature in healthy condition.

“There is also a boredom factor with these pets because owners can’t take them for a walk or cuddle and play with them.

“We think all these factors may be why so many reptiles and aquatics arrive in our care, either as unwanted or having been abandoned by their owners.”

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