Two girls seen on a Facebook video torturing and killing a gopher tortoise on July 16 in front of an Orange Park home were arrested Friday by investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, and a 15-year-old juvenile were both charged with felony cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor charge of taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, according to commission spokeswoman Karen Parker. Greene is in the Clay County jail on $55,000 bail.
The gopher tortoise has been listed as a threatened species in Florida since 2007, an upgrade from its previous “species of special concern” designation. “We are pleased the authorities acted so quickly and we hope this sets a precedent that animal cruelty should not be tolerated,” Welzant said. “Our Facebook and our email was getting a lot of feedback and a lot of outpouring from the community regarding this case and how upset they were.”
The graphic videos shows two Orange Park girls burning a small gopher tortoise, then laughing and cursing as they throw it down the street. The tortoise is doused with alcohol and lit as it crawls in circles through the flames. The tortoise tries to flee after it is doused again.
“Burn baby, burn baby,” one girl says as they light the tortoise on fire. “Now you are scared of us, huh?”
The second video is more graphic as one girl stomps on the tortoise until it is dead, with its organs squishing out. The girls scream in laughter. “His heart came out with a bunch of grass,” the girl with the camera says as she laughs, then kicks the corpse. “He’s dead. That’s funny.”
If convicted, Greene faces up to five years in prison on the felony animal-cruelty charge, while the misdemeanor charge carries up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine, according to commission officials. The 15-year-old’s case would be handled in juvenile court.
Thank fucking god these two were caught.
It was surprising to me that the authorities actually gave half a shit about an abused reptile because of how rare it is for them to care, but then it occurred to me that tortoises are a protected animal and I laughed until I cried.
Enjoy prison you stupid bitch.
Thanks to everyone that responded! This really helps a lot. I think I’m gonna apply for those campus jobs anyway like you guys suggested. Hopefully I can get something. I also like the idea of being a server like tricialynch suggested. I’ve been curious how that works and been wanting to try it out. I’ve done retail before and I hated it. My past job was at kmart. Not only did we have to deal with rude customers but there was so much unnecessary drama within employees and gossip and the management sucked! But, they’ve asked for me to come back. I just don’t want to go back to that. ugh…
Again, Thanks everyone! I’ll let you know how it goes. Hopefully I have a success story coming.
Basic Aquascaping Shapes (Click images to full view)
- The Triangle
This shape shows a simple and well structured shape which gives enough space for placing plants and hardscape. Important is the increase in substrate to get the depth effect. The substrate should increase towards the back. Smaller plants should be placed in the foreground, larger ones in the background. The increasing shape is not only to realize from front to back but also from left to right or right to left.
- The U-Shape
With the U-Shape you can simply realize an effective layout. Plants and hardscape will be positioned at the sides of the tank so there will be free space in the middle of the layout. It’s better not to place the free space in the exact middle but in 1/3 & 2/3 of the tank. Symmetries are to be avoided.
- The Hill Shape
In this challenging variation plants and hardscape will be placed in the middle of the tank and set with high growing plants and decorative stones and roots. The focus is clearly set so the Hill must have an appealing look. Foreground and sides will be planted with small plants. On free space on the substrate small stones or roots are suitable.
- Shape with perspective
This shape is supposed to increase the perspective of the tank. In the foreground at the sides high growing stem plants are used. In the middle of the foreground ground covering plants are the best choice to keep a clear view at the middle- and background. In the background a highly increasing ground will be planted with small plants. Therefore the illusion of a distant hill framed by woods is formed.
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I know this blog is usually more lighthearted than this, but my local animal shelter, the MSPCA, recently took in 427 birds from a SINGLE home in the area, and they all need help finding new homes. The MSPCA is now housing a total of 501 birds of all kinds (finches, pigeons, quail, chickens, ducks, geese, parrots, parakeets, and more.)
If any of your followers are looking to adopt a bird in Eastern Massachusetts, I hope they will consider adopting from or donating to the MSPCA at Nevin’s Farm to help cover the cost of care for these many birds.Hello everyone, just boosting the signal on this to help out the birbs….Pass it on!!
SOMEBODY LOVE THESE BIRDS.