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Reward offered for missing tortoise in Walthamstow
A reward is being offered for the safe return of a missing tortoise which has lived with the same family for nearly 40 years.
Sue Light, of Waverley Road in Walthamstow, noticed her beloved Sam was missing on Wednesday night.
She had not seen him that morning and suspects Sam was stolen on Tuesday.
The owner of Pets Corner in Wood Street told Mrs Lightly, 65, that a man had tried to sell an adult tortoise to the shop on Tuesday.
The owner refused as tortoises are a protected species and the unlicensed buying and selling of them is banned in the UK.
Mrs Lightly has contacted the police, the RSPCA, and put flyers up in the local area.
She is now so desperately worried for Sam’s welfare that she is offering an unspecified reward for his return.
She said: “After all these years I can’t believe he’s not there.
"I’ve had a few bad nights and I’ve still got his favourite food in case he comes back.”
Mrs Lightly is worried that he may have been abandoned by whoever stole him after being unable to sell him on.
“They could have just thrown him in the bin,” she said.
“He might be out there somewhere dying a slow and painful death.”
Mrs Lightly is comforted to know that tortoises can survive up to three years without food or water and Sam will also be starting his annual sixth month hibernation soon.
Mrs Lightly’s three children and four grandchildren are all concerned about Sam.
“The whole family keeps ringing me up all the time,” she said.
“My nine-year-old granddaughter, Isabelle, has been crying.
“They’ve all grown up with him as part of the family.”
If you have any information about Sam, you can contact Mrs Lightly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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