The animal was spotted with a huge metal ring through its shell, chained to a tree.

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Pics shows: The turtle who was chained in a garden; This poor turtle had a hole drilled in its shell and was chained to a tree in the garden so that its owner could go on holiday.

The shocking pictures from a garden in the German city of Dortmund show the poor turtle with a huge ring through its shell, chained with a 23-foot wire to a tree in the garden.

The yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta), a land and water turtle native to the south-eastern United States, was secured this way so its owner could leave for a Summer holiday.

On Saturday 4pm, a woman from the local garden plot holder’s association called the Dortmund fire brigade after she saw the turtle laying on its back in the scorching heat of the sun.

The wire had become entangled in blackberry bushes as the turtle tried to cool down on the ground, because a water hole or pond was not available, even though it is a must for the turtle species.

Arne Stenzel, 50, and his wife Ute, 48, of local animal rescue organisation “Ark 90” were the first to arrive on the scene after they were asked by the firefighters for help.

Arne Stenzel said: “I was shocked! You also cannot secure a dog to a wire and just drive away.” Together with the veterinary office of the city of Dortmund they managed to free the unfortunate animal and gave it to a local shelter.

Max Schauerte, the deputy head of the local animal shelter, said: “The animal must have felt agonising pain because the shell is by no means just a shell, but similar to human skin.”

They removed the key ring from its shell and took care of the wound.

When the owner of the turtle, whose name has not been made public due to privacy reasons – returns from holiday, they can expect a criminal charge for animal cruelty.

Workers at an animal shelter in Dortmund, Germany, said the animal was in ‘agonising pain’

An animal cruelty investigation is underway when a turtle was left in ‘agonising pain’ after a hole was drilled in its shell so its owners could go on holiday.

The animal was spotted by neighbours in the German city of Dortmund.

Shocking pictures show the turtle, with a huge ring through its shell, chained with a 23ft wire to a tree.

The turtle was spotted by Arne Stenzel, 50, and his wife Ute Nack, 48, who said they were horrified by what they saw

The turtle was lying on its back in the scorching sun.

The couple alerted the authorities, and the firefighters were called to save the yellow-bellied slider, who had got caught up in a raspberry bush.

Animal shelter deputy head Max Schauerte told Bild: ‘The animal must have felt agonizing pain.’

The couple alerted the authorities, and the firefighters were called to save the yellow-bellied slider, who had got caught up in a raspberry bush.

Source: Dailymail.co.uk