Russell T. Kleber, Chief of Police
280 Exchange St.
Athol, MA 01331
For Immediate Release
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Athol Police Return Runaway Tortoise to its Home
ATHOL — Chief Russell T. Kleber reports that the Athol Police Department has returned a runaway tortoise to its owner after it was located in town earlier this evening.
At 6:40 p.m., an Athol Police officer located a 40 pound African spurred tortoise on Partridgeville Road and subsequently offered the animal lettuce in order to lure it closer.
After a brief investigation, police learned that the 6-year-old tortoise belongs to an Athol resident, and was more than a mile from its home when it was found.
Following coordination with New England Aquarium, Massachusetts Environmental Police and Animal Control Officer Jennifer Arsenault, Athol Police safely returned the tortoise to its owner.