BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Kendrick Mitchell Renick, 21, was arrested yesterday evening after seriously injuring a turtle at Lake Alice.
At about 7:00 p.m. last night, a University of Florida Police Department (UFPD) officer responded to a report of a turtle being kicked at Lake Alice. He reported that upon arrival, he saw a large turtle with a large crack on its shell and blood coming from the head and neck area.
A witness stated that a man, later identified as Renick, picked up the turtle, threw it at a tree, and then began repeatedly kicking the turtle. The witness said Renick told him he had intended to kill the turtle. The officer reported that the turtle appeared to be a Florida Softshell Turtle.
Renick was arrested and transported to the Alachua County Jail, where he was searched and found with multiple burnt buds that appeared to be in a “‘joint’ of some sort.” Renick allegedly said the buds were marijuana, and they were later tested with a field kit and confirmed to be marijuana.
Renick has been charged with felony animal cruelty, possession of marijuana, and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. He is currently on probation following release from prison on a conviction of aggravated battery with a weapon and is being held on $41,000 bail with a requirement to report to a probation officer within 24 hours of release and have no contact with animals.
Attempts to reach UFPD to ask about the condition of the turtle have been unsuccessful.
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