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Connecticut man charged with shooting girlfriend's pet turtle

A 31-year-old Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot and killed his girlfriend's pet turtle.

Sgt. Louis Diamanti, the town's animal control officer, says Steven Richard used a BB gun rifle to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue.

Police responded just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives in the house. They discovered the dead turtle in the yard.

Diamanti says he does not know what type of turtle it was.

Police say Richard did not explain why he shot the pet. A phone listed for Richard had been disconnected Monday.

Richard was released on a promise to appear Aug. 4 in New London Superior Court.

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