SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -

More than 1,000 turtles made a slow-speed escape from their turtle farm in northwest Georgia, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Vandals might be to blame for tearing down fences around turtle ponds in Summerville, turtle farmer David Driver told sheriff’s officials.

Driver told the Times Free Press that about 1,600 of the 2,200 turtles escaped. He says his business involves selling some turtles to pet-growing operations and others to China.

The damage allowed the turtles — including snappers, Eastern paints and yellow-bellied sliders — to bolt from the farm and make a beeline to nearby ponds and creeks, authorities said.

Sheriff's officials are continuing to search for the turtles.

Summerville is about 90 miles northwest of Atlanta.