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Fifth youth caught in turtle abuse case

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Evidence in a case of animal cruelty has snared another culprit. The SPCA of Niagara has announced that 18-year-old Nicholas Paolucci confessed to his role in the brutal torture of a snapping turtle in June. Videotaped evidence shows Paolucci striking the turtle with a baseball bat. The animal was also stabbed with a pitchfork and thrown into a fire.

Paolucci is the fifth person charged in the case.

Most of the perpetrators are facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge along with DEC violations.