Police have appealed for information following the discovery of seven deceased giant tortoises near Exeter last week.
Two bodies were found in Ashclyst Forest on Monday 8 January and a further five were found nearby on Friday 12 January.
Police are investigating where the tortoises, believed to be Aldabra giant tortoises, came from and why they were disposed of.
Inspector Mark Arthurs said: “We are appealing to members of the public for information to try to establish the circumstances around this discovery and to identify those responsible. We would ask that if anyone knows anything, they get in touch.”
“We would also like to hear from anyone who has recently purchased a giant tortoise in the area or knows of anyone who normally has a large number of tortoises but has fewer now.”
If you have any information that could help police with enquiries, please contact them by calling 101 quoting 50240006127 or visit their website.
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