Gary Blough told police his wife had been walking outside with their toddler when she spotted the men knocking the turtle around.
Blough said the men were repeatedly slamming the turtle to the concrete, shell side down. He kindly asked them to stop, he said, and allow the turtle to get back to the water.
Unfazed, one of the little bitches, later identified as 18-year-old Johnnie Beveritt, reportedly picked up the turtle and threw it down on the sidewalk. The two other men, Ryan Ponder, 23, and a 16-year-old boy, kicked the turtle toward an apartment building away from the pond.
Blough then asked his wife to call police and attempted to rescue the injured turtle.
“They started hitting the back of my head and started punching me. I was able to fend off a little bit but I mean three of them, they got the better of me,” he said.
According to the arrest report, Blough told the shitheads he didn’t want to fight. One of the three responded with “I don’t give a fuck and I don’t care if I go to jail.”
They continued to beat on him until neighbors started wandering outside to see what the commotion was, then they beat feet in a hurry.
Blough, who told officers that he was seriously injured in the Persian Gulf War, suffered broken skull and facial bones, internal bleeding and a concussion as a result of the attack.
The turtle apparently made it back to the water, where it died.
All three suspects were rounded up and charged with aggravated battery and animal cruelty. Beveritt and Ponder, pictured below, are being held on $15,000 bond. The teen is being held at a juvenile detention facility.Animal Cruelty, Battery, Daytona Beach, Florida, Gary Blough