A tortoise cared for by an 81-year-old widow has become the centre of a bizarre “tug of love” battle, after it wandered out of her garden.Cue heartstrings…
A neighbour found the tortoise and unknowingly handed it to the RSPCA which rehomed it.And the local newspaper is full of condemnation for this woman.
Now its new owner has refused point blank to give Little Tortoise up.
Meanwhile, Big Tortoise is pining for its companion and is refusing to eat.
Mrs Allen has written to the woman via the RSPCA and the charity has also beseeched her to give the tortoise back.
But she will not.
But, hold up a minute here:
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said it had been in extensive contact with the new owner, to persuade her to give up Little Tortoise.Say what…?
She explained: “We have asked her to rehome two other tortoises in the past, which she has given back, when their original owners made contact with us.
“But this time she said no.
This is the third time she has received a tortoise from you, only to have you say ‘Whoops! Sorry, but…’?
Well, that puts a bit of a different complexion on things, doesn’t it? It’s no wonder she isn’t willing to put up with this yet again.
The spokeswoman added: “We have even offered her another tortoise, but she refuses and legally, she is perfectly entitled to.”You mean, you’ve offered her another tortoise that might well turn out to belong to someone else, just like the last three you’ve given her?
Yeah, can see why she didn’t snap your hand off with that offer…