OCEANSIDE (CNS) - Humane Society officials Wednesday sought whoever duct taped a box turtle to a cluster of helium balloons and floated the reptile into a tree in Oceanside.
The turtle, caught high in a eucalyptus tree on Humboldt Bay Way, was blown free about the time firefighters with a ladder truck were about the grab it about 4 p.m. Sunday, according to witnesses
Kelli Herwehe of the Oceanside Humane Society said authorities are working to determine who sent the turtle into the sky. The roughly hand-sized turtle, which was unhurt during its ordeal, was not immediately available for adoption but would be offered soon if the owner does not come forward, she said.
"Our humane officers are looking for the person responsible for taping the turtle to these balloons," Herwehe said.
The culprit would face criminal charges, Herwehe said.
Chanelle Wright first noticed the turtle taped to a a dozen or more green, lime and red balloons caught in the tree and called for help, as a crowd gathered.
"It's animal abuse," she told broadcast outlets.
"The type of charges are hard to tell at this time. We don't know if they will be felony or misdemeanor charges, until we look a little bit further into the case, but they'll definitely be facing animal cruelty charges," Herwehe said.
Anyone with more information to was urged to call humane officers at (619) 243-3466.