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Awful: Two Florida Girls Investigated For The Abuse And Death Of A Rare, Endangered, Tortoise

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awful two florida girls investigated for rare gopher tortoise abuse


We can't even share the video — it's too hard to watch.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently shared a picture and information about a rare gopher tortoise that was tortured and ultimately killed by two teenage girls from Orange Park, Florida.

The video posted online showed the two girls dousing the tortoise in alcohol before setting it on fire, and then laughing and screaming as the tortoise tried to run away. They also threw the tortoise down the street and stomped on its shell until it broke and the tortoise died.

Here's what the FWC wrote on their Facebook page:

"Under Investigation

We have received multiple complaints about the videos posted to Facebook last evening showing the killing of a small gopher tortoise. Our officers are investigating the case and are presently working with the State Attorney’s Office to determine what charges may be filed. Please keep alerting us with your tips. Post here, private message, and call the Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@Myfwc.com."

The Clay Humane Society, a small non-profit animal clinic in Orange Park, Florida also made a statement about the troubling incident and said:

"Animal abuse is a key indicator of future violence towards human beings. These acts of cruelty typically escalate to future abuse of animals and people. It is vital that anyone who learns of violence towards animals contact the police immediately. We commend the young people who saw this animal abuse online and alerted the Clay County Sheriff's Office to help prevent future crimes like this one."

This is awful beyond words.

Why any person would enjoy torturing a helpless animal is beyond us.

Since the gopher tortoise is on the endangered species list — it could very well happen that these girls may face federal charges for their actions.

And honestly, we wouldn't feel too sorry for them if they were charged after hearing about what they did.

Totally unacceptable.

You can check out the video here if you feel like you need to.

[Image via Facebook.]

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9 comments to “Awful: Two Florida Girls Investigated For The Abuse And Death Of A Rare, Endangered, Tortoise”

  1. stacey says – reply to this


    These girls are disgusting. I can't begin to understand how anyone can do this to a helpless animal. They deserve every bit of negative karma coming to them. I'm not a violent person, but I wouldnt object to them suffering the same fate.

  2. Haro says – reply to this


    This is truly horrendous. Karma will get them and they will suffer a worse fate than the tortoise. I hope I get to witness it so I can laugh in their faces.

  3. Hales says – reply to this


    This breaks my heart. What kind of monsters intentionally hurt an innocent creature? The fact that anyone would even desire to do so makes me sick. What's wrong with people? I hope these girls suffer for their mistake, legally and in terms of karma. They are disgusting.

  4. dan says – reply to this


    Re: stacey – these girls should have alcohol pored on them and sat on fire to see how they like it

  5. __karissa says – reply to this


    It's actually even worse because these animals die such a slow death, hopefully it was taken in and euthanized just in case. It could've taken overs week for the tortoise to pass. The girls deserve to be put away forever, we don't need peeople like this out on the streets.

  6. None says – reply to this


    These are the type of people that end up shooting up schools, and do other crazy things. Who would think about setting a tortoise on fire?! Poor little thing.

  7. torgster says – reply to this


    I can't watch as am almost crying just from reading this. So sad. They must have suffered terrible abuse themselves to make them act this way. If so God help them. If not I just can't comprehend such evil.

  8. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: torgster – A soul has to be completely empty to hurt or kill a defenseless little animal.

  9. Jennifer says – reply to this


    I wish that it were legal to torture an animal abuser in the same manner that they torture animals. I have a tortoise and it is the most defenseless animal ever. This is sick and I wish that they could be set on fire, while people do nothing but watch them run away, then stomp on them to kill them.