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Old 15-01-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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i wish i had checked the forum sooner
my dad discovered today that somebody found the tortoise and then sold/gave it away!
my dad went to their house to politely ask for the details of the new "owner" and they refused to give any information , is there anything that can be done? we have the certificate we were given when we first got the tortoise if thats any use but i dont think the tortoise was chipped
Good god!!! Try talking to DEFRA- whoever "found" your tortoise was breaking the law by selling it with no papers. Good luck and keep us posted
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Old 15-01-2014, 07:48 PM   #12
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You could try speaking to the police, I don't know how interested they will be.
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Old 15-01-2014, 07:51 PM   #13
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they live a few houses away from me and i dont know if it was sold or given away, apparently it was to a family who wanted one for their two young kids. my dad has gone to the police station to see if anything can be done about it, hopefully i will get my tortoise back before my 21st birthday this month.

if it was given away then surely he should do the honorable thing and atleast give us the details he has for the people who have it at the moment, i imagine its illegal to find somebody's pet and then give it away/sell it without atleast notifying the local police? (which by the way are also on the same road as my house and the guy who found its house)
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Old 15-01-2014, 07:54 PM   #14
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So sorry for you , I hope the police will help, have you got a good picture of the tort so you can prove it's yours.
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Old 15-01-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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i should do but they will be a few years old i suppose the shell marking should still be the same thanks for the idea
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Old 15-01-2014, 08:01 PM   #16
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Good luck, let us know if you get your tortoise back
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Old 15-01-2014, 08:09 PM   #17
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Did you canvas the area when he went missing, put up Posters, ask at the local vets etc?
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my dad rang vets etc whilst i cleared the entire back garden of any possible hiding places and also checked the field behind my house and the park to the side of my house
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Old 16-01-2014, 12:22 AM   #19
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If they still have your tortoise. You could try speaking to Maggie Coleman username "boxgirl" on here. At the health checks she organises she has been taking ID photographs of torts for many years now. Both carapace & plastron. To prove ownership in a situation like this. I believe every torts plastron is unique & stays very similar (if not the same, cant remember now) over a long while. I have her contact details somewhere if you would like to ask her advise ( im sure she will be happy to help you) pm me. Good luck I really hope you get your tor back
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Old 16-01-2014, 09:36 AM   #20
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Goodluck, getting your tort back, at least you finally have some form of lead. I had my dog stolen and then resold on about 2 years ago it was awful, we did eventually get him back.
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