Struck by truck in Warren, tiny turtle on the mend


Turtles aren't meant to fly, but one that did just that is recovering this week at a South County animal clinic.

The small painted turtle, about five or six inches across, was struck by a truck on Long Lane last Thursday, August 16. Kristen Fletcher, a wildlife rehabilitator who got a call about the turtle from Warren Animal Control Officer Heidi Garrity, said the animal was clipped by the edge of one of the truck's tires and was thrown into the air.

"It went flying," she said.

When a good Samaritan brought the injured turtle to the Warren Animal Shelter Thursday, it had a cracked shell and a broken right front foreleg. Officer Garrity kept it over night and the next day turned it over to Ms. Fletcher, who in turn brought it down to the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association clinic in Saunderstown. It's expected to make a full recovery.

'All creatures great and small' goes the old saying, and Ms. Fletcher said Warren's animal control officer lives that credo.

"She is one of the best animal officers that I deal with," Ms. Fletcher said. "She will pick up any animal and bring it to me, anything that needs help, and that's not the case with a lot of towns."


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