07/08/2011 05:38 pm ET Updated Sep 07, 2011

Animal Abuser Who Put Nail In Turtle Sought: Patch Southampton

The Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of an animal abuser who hammered a 3-inch nail through the shell of a Eastern box turtle.

The male turtle, which was discovered in Noyac on Tuesday, is in recovery at the rescue center in Hampton Bays after surgery to remove the nail. An x-ray revealed the nail missed the turtle's spine and vital organs, though it is on painkillers and antibiotics and it not out of the woods yet.

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