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A pet tortoise was shipped to her buyer bound in duct tape and inside a cereal box, reported the Daily Record.

The buyer had bought the tortoise from a Gumtree ad for £100. When he received the package, he saw the tortoise had to travel for 18 hours from London to his home in Fife duct taped and without any bedding. The cereal box didn’t even have a ‘live animal’ sticker on it.

“ I was shocked that an animal could be treated in this way. There was duct tape all over him and he couldn’t move. Everyone knows tortoises are slow, but they need exercise when in transit,” said the buyer.

“I paid extra to ensure that it was packaged correctly. I was expecting a proper polystyrene box to keep the heat in, straw bedding for it to sleep in, eat and keep comfortable.

“There wasn’t even a sticker on the package telling the postie there was a live animal in the box.

“I immediately phoned the Scottish SPCA because I was shocked that anyone would treat an animal in this way.

“The fact that someone could be so cruel is unbelievable.”

The Scottish SPCA stated: “An incident such as this would cause an animal unnecessary suffering.

“This is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can face a fine of up to £20,000, up to 12 months in prison or both.”

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