The reptile has remained in the protective custody of the Lake County Humane Society, which says she needs a surgery that would cost about $1,600; according to intake coordinator Allison Rothlisberger, the procedure can’t be done without the approval of a judge.
The Humane Society is seeking tax-deductible donations to pay for the surgery.
For now, the animal is getting basic care to make it as comfortable as possible.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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