August 19th, 2008
Sometime on Sunday, between the store’s opening, at 11 a.m., and noon, when a child asked Mr. Casey where the turtle had gone, the turtle had disappeared.
Mr. Casey (owner of Hamilton Dog House [scarnyc.org] , an animal shelter and pet supply store on East Third Street in Brooklyn) said he suspected a neighborhood kid took the turtle, rather than a thief intent on selling it. He said he believed the turtle was probably worth between $2,000 and $5,000, based on what museums and zoos might be willing to pay. The store is offering a reward of at least $1,000, which is in part funded by donations.