A man has been charged after he was filmed brutally beating a turtle to death with a hammer.
The sickening attack occurred while the 55-year-old was fishing with a friend on Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas on 21 June, Fox7 reports.
A horrified witness uploaded footage of the incident to Facebook, which prompted a police investigation.
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“Share this video and get this man caught,” the caption of the footage reads.
“People like this make me sick to my stomach. He just hooked the turtle, lured it out of the water, and smashed it to death with a hammer.”
After being arrested, the man claimed he attacked the turtle in self defence as it was biting him.
He has since been charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal.
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