Turtle awareness (Gopher Tortoise)

$685 of $10k goal

Raised by 28 people in 25 months
Ash Katchem
for Fish & Wildlife Foundation Of Florida Inc
  ORANGE PARK, FL
Recently two girls in orange park florida found a endangered gopher tortoise, they took it in as a pet, and when they got bored, they took it outside and tortured it, pouring alcohol on him and lighting him on fire. over and over, picking him up and tossing him onto the paved street like a base ball, and then stepping on him over and over until his insides came out, bad enough they did this, but they video taped it, laughed at it the whole time, and then posted it onto facebook for the world to see, I seen them, being on her friends list, I downloaded both videos onto my computer, and then they deleted the videos, so I posted them back onto my facebook for the world to see what these two cruel girls did,  if anyone wants to see it will stay on my page until I know for a fact the girls got what was comming for them, even then I should keep it to rase awareness of this kind of behavior, this kind of behavior is horrible and no one should do this to any animal or being, and to bring light on the gopher tortoise.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ashlikesmagicalstuff

News Report:
http://members.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2014-07-16/story/orange-park-girls-under-investigation-after-graphic-video-gopher?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+JacksonvillecomNews+(Jacksonville+Local+News+%E2%80%93+Jacksonville.com+and+The+Florida+Times-Union)
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Update 3
25 months ago
Every single dime donated to this charity goes straight to the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, I can't touch a penny, so it's all for a good cause and all of it will go to good use c:
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Update 2
25 months ago
Just an update since i've been getting a LOT of questions about what is going on or what happened. The girls are currently in YCC (Youth Crisis Center) waiting to be charged by the FWC (Florida Wildlife Commission) they are both probably going to get two charges, one for animal cruelty, and another for killing a Threatened species, which is a federal offence and is a minimum of 4 years in prison, one is 18 and the other is 15, I don't know exactly how bad they will be punished, but considering their is a petition to give them max punishment going around, they probably will get a lot of hell. I just wanted to say thank you for everyone who donated, and to everyone who was able to share the fund raiser, both help a lot, and thank you everyone for the kind remarks on my behalf c: I did what was right, if I didn't download the videos their would have been no proof of what they did and they would have never gotten in trouble :3
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Update 1
25 months ago
this page wasn't made by the girls, It was made by the person who got the girls in trouble to raise awareness, pay attention please c:
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Brian Miller
19 months ago

Man they should get the max from the government! And the max punishment from the parents! They should be beaten to near death! Eye for and eye. Also they should be set on fire.

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Jon Paddock
24 months ago

I couldn't believe my eyes when I watched the video...that poor turtle. Watching the little guy doing it's best to run away for its life...It's just a little turtle! I wish I could find those girls and give them a few smacks. What the hell kind of parents raise such little monsters?!

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Donnie Dillehay
25 months ago

As I stated earlier This is why A Parent Takes A Belt, Paddle or Hand, And Whips, Disciplines, Administers punishment, for Bad Behaviour So that Children wont grow up to do this to their fellow Human Beings ! Its simple whats wrong with society GOVERNMENT and to much of and it! to state I hope these girls get the Maximum Penalty RIDICULOUS ! Long after the situation is over I hope these Children are ok Because of all of the GOVERNMENTAL Crap they will have to endure The Parents should Take care of what Happen Not Any of Us ! You people who make comments Like they should get the Max This or The max that should be ashamed of yourselves and to the Parents of the children that committed this Heinous act Get off your asses and be Parents you need to take care of this Discipline your Children and tell the rest of the world what your did to raise good Citizens

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Ray Cuevas
25 months ago

Sick little dumb ass girls!! I say Do the same to them as they did to the animal .. To think this is going to be our future!! wow were screwed.. I say lock them up for a very long time.. Find their sorry ass parents and lock them up as well...

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Beatrice Mollo
25 months ago

Forgive my bluntness and exaggeration, but I can not suppress the anger in the face of malice, stupidity and cruelty towards the defenseless ... I hope that these two girls will be put into a prison without any comfort and the key of it thrown into a deep pit full of piranhas... what they have done is atrocious and inexcusable ... and very sad! :(

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Shanda Witham
25 months ago

Thanks, Ash, for making this crime known, leading to justice for this unfortunate turtle and public awareness of the seriousness of animal cruelty and the urgent issue of good stewardship of our planet's wildlife. As a wildlife educator, I am glad to see such caring, awareness, and INITIATIVE on your part. I will be donating to the WFF. I don't have the psychiatric expertise to know whether or not your two damaged friends can be rehabilitated, but I hope so. I hate to see any young person's life ruined forever by an act of stupidity. Perhaps it's not possible, but I HOPE the consequences of their crime can ultimately result in a positive life-altering experience for them both. Anger toward the criminals is justified. But anger is easy. And hate is easier. It's harder to commit ourselves to actions and words that will result in good coming out of this HORRENDOUS ACT for everyone involved, including the criminals.

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Storm Macphee-wagg
25 months ago

Good cause, Video has reached New Zealand. The girls whole lives have been screwed up. I agree that the girls should receive maximum charges, and shouldn't be aloud to own other animals. I know the charges are bigger in America then it is in New Zealand, I also agree with the name and shame, but i don't think anyone should actually tell someone to kill themselves. That's way to far. In New Zealand if you tell someone to kill themselves, you can actually get fined. Looking forward to hearing the out comes, I've signed all the petitions. Hope there is jail time and that the girls get counseling and maximum fines. Feel sorry for the turtle and the girls family's getting bad spot light. It wasn't the family's fault. It was the two stupid girls.

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Troy Sumaya
25 months ago

Just for clarification, what are these funds going to be used for? Just a reward for you doing the right thing? Or is it going to be used to help raise awareness about it? You definitely deserve a reward I'd just like some transparency.

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Ape Hansen
25 months ago

SHARE and Support! I hope they BOTH get MAXIMUM punishment.....glad they both got caught, This is not normal behavior..people who do this kind thing to animals, may one switch to people. They are of no good use to society.

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Lee-Ann Hartlett
25 months ago

So thankful that you thought quickly enough to capture those horrendous videos to your computer. I could not watch them (just a snippet of the fire one), before my stomach churned and my heart broke! I think all of the animal lovers/conservationists around the world thank you! I know my friends in other countries are equally as proud of you- the story has gone viral- what an important impact you've made to help stop animal cruelty. I hope this becomes a lifelong effort for you; we need more people like you on our team to go that extra mile and not be afraid for the sake of helping animals! Thank you!!!

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Lisa Carriere-Young
25 months ago

This has Jeffry Dahmer written all over it...I am so proud of you for doing the right thing!! The video made me sick to my stomach. I will NEVER understand how anyone could hurt defenseless animals and children??? KUDDOS to you!!!!!

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Chelsey Giacalone
25 months ago

Good job! People like this need to have done to them what they do to others and see if they continue to laugh. I'm in Las Vegas and have shared this. We need more compassionate people like you and everyone who posts on this in the world. R.I.P little turtle

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David Carrigan
25 months ago

Can we just out their facebooks already so we can all mass socially humiliate, exclude and bash? I'm sure it's the least of their doings deserve.

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Maria Anna
25 months ago

I do hope they get the maximum this is cruel. It's sad that this generation not all of them but a lot are out of control. We need to be able to discipline are children with out the fear of getting in trouble. I do believe this and parents really need to know what their. Children are doing and be responsible for their action as well

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Danielle Messinger
25 months ago

This is a horrific and sad situation. Various psychologists have found direct correlations between animal abuse and killing of animals to abuse and murder of human beings. These girls need psychological treatment to go along with any jail time.

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Brandi Pare
25 months ago

Thank you for having the stomach and the guts to repost the video and do what you could to get these girls in as much trouble as you could and to spread awareness for the turtles. I didn't/couldn't watch the video, but just hearing about it was enough. I can't believe that people could do that. And I saw your picture of her post saying how sorry she was, and how she knows what she did was wrong... BULL! They can't really expect us to believe that they could cause pain and suffering to an animal for as long as they did and have what would seem to be a good time doing it, and then turn around and claim that you feel bad about it. No way. They're just sorry that they got caught and that people are reacting badly to it. What they did was completely despicable and it's highly unlikely that the turtle will get the kind of justice that I think it deserves. Seriously, THANK YOU for getting the word out because I can't help but feel that without your help, these girls would have walked away without much punishment, if any. Hopefully this gets them into a bit more than that.

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Miss-Kim Benjamin
25 months ago

hope those girls get what they deserve . and just so you know , the facebook posts are spreading everywhere , im in Queensland , Australia . so good job

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Stephen Raymer
25 months ago

Dude you are awesome for standing up for the Tortoise. If there is a hell there is a special place in it for those sickos

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Jean Orford
25 months ago

good on you son. Too cruel. Townsville, Australia

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Adrienne Child
25 months ago

Your video has reached Perth,Australia(west coast)...thank you for saving the video and turning your FB friend in...I just don't get how people can be so cruel.And they call themselves Christians??Great adults they're going to make hey?

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Raised by 28 people in 25 months
Created July 16, 2014
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Thank you for helping make others aware and helping to bring justice to this cause.

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Brian Miller
19 months ago

Man they should get the max from the government! And the max punishment from the parents! They should be beaten to near death! Eye for and eye. Also they should be set on fire.

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Jon Paddock
24 months ago

I couldn't believe my eyes when I watched the video...that poor turtle. Watching the little guy doing it's best to run away for its life...It's just a little turtle! I wish I could find those girls and give them a few smacks. What the hell kind of parents raise such little monsters?!

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Donnie Dillehay
25 months ago

As I stated earlier This is why A Parent Takes A Belt, Paddle or Hand, And Whips, Disciplines, Administers punishment, for Bad Behaviour So that Children wont grow up to do this to their fellow Human Beings ! Its simple whats wrong with society GOVERNMENT and to much of and it! to state I hope these girls get the Maximum Penalty RIDICULOUS ! Long after the situation is over I hope these Children are ok Because of all of the GOVERNMENTAL Crap they will have to endure The Parents should Take care of what Happen Not Any of Us ! You people who make comments Like they should get the Max This or The max that should be ashamed of yourselves and to the Parents of the children that committed this Heinous act Get off your asses and be Parents you need to take care of this Discipline your Children and tell the rest of the world what your did to raise good Citizens

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Ray Cuevas
25 months ago

Sick little dumb ass girls!! I say Do the same to them as they did to the animal .. To think this is going to be our future!! wow were screwed.. I say lock them up for a very long time.. Find their sorry ass parents and lock them up as well...

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Beatrice Mollo
25 months ago

Forgive my bluntness and exaggeration, but I can not suppress the anger in the face of malice, stupidity and cruelty towards the defenseless ... I hope that these two girls will be put into a prison without any comfort and the key of it thrown into a deep pit full of piranhas... what they have done is atrocious and inexcusable ... and very sad! :(

+ Read More
Shanda Witham
25 months ago

Thanks, Ash, for making this crime known, leading to justice for this unfortunate turtle and public awareness of the seriousness of animal cruelty and the urgent issue of good stewardship of our planet's wildlife. As a wildlife educator, I am glad to see such caring, awareness, and INITIATIVE on your part. I will be donating to the WFF. I don't have the psychiatric expertise to know whether or not your two damaged friends can be rehabilitated, but I hope so. I hate to see any young person's life ruined forever by an act of stupidity. Perhaps it's not possible, but I HOPE the consequences of their crime can ultimately result in a positive life-altering experience for them both. Anger toward the criminals is justified. But anger is easy. And hate is easier. It's harder to commit ourselves to actions and words that will result in good coming out of this HORRENDOUS ACT for everyone involved, including the criminals.

+ Read More
Storm Macphee-wagg
25 months ago

Good cause, Video has reached New Zealand. The girls whole lives have been screwed up. I agree that the girls should receive maximum charges, and shouldn't be aloud to own other animals. I know the charges are bigger in America then it is in New Zealand, I also agree with the name and shame, but i don't think anyone should actually tell someone to kill themselves. That's way to far. In New Zealand if you tell someone to kill themselves, you can actually get fined. Looking forward to hearing the out comes, I've signed all the petitions. Hope there is jail time and that the girls get counseling and maximum fines. Feel sorry for the turtle and the girls family's getting bad spot light. It wasn't the family's fault. It was the two stupid girls.

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Troy Sumaya
25 months ago

Just for clarification, what are these funds going to be used for? Just a reward for you doing the right thing? Or is it going to be used to help raise awareness about it? You definitely deserve a reward I'd just like some transparency.

+ Read More
Ape Hansen
25 months ago

SHARE and Support! I hope they BOTH get MAXIMUM punishment.....glad they both got caught, This is not normal behavior..people who do this kind thing to animals, may one switch to people. They are of no good use to society.

+ Read More
Lee-Ann Hartlett
25 months ago

So thankful that you thought quickly enough to capture those horrendous videos to your computer. I could not watch them (just a snippet of the fire one), before my stomach churned and my heart broke! I think all of the animal lovers/conservationists around the world thank you! I know my friends in other countries are equally as proud of you- the story has gone viral- what an important impact you've made to help stop animal cruelty. I hope this becomes a lifelong effort for you; we need more people like you on our team to go that extra mile and not be afraid for the sake of helping animals! Thank you!!!

+ Read More
Lisa Carriere-Young
25 months ago

This has Jeffry Dahmer written all over it...I am so proud of you for doing the right thing!! The video made me sick to my stomach. I will NEVER understand how anyone could hurt defenseless animals and children??? KUDDOS to you!!!!!

+ Read More
Chelsey Giacalone
25 months ago

Good job! People like this need to have done to them what they do to others and see if they continue to laugh. I'm in Las Vegas and have shared this. We need more compassionate people like you and everyone who posts on this in the world. R.I.P little turtle

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David Carrigan
25 months ago

Can we just out their facebooks already so we can all mass socially humiliate, exclude and bash? I'm sure it's the least of their doings deserve.

+ Read More
Maria Anna
25 months ago

I do hope they get the maximum this is cruel. It's sad that this generation not all of them but a lot are out of control. We need to be able to discipline are children with out the fear of getting in trouble. I do believe this and parents really need to know what their. Children are doing and be responsible for their action as well

+ Read More
Danielle Messinger
25 months ago

This is a horrific and sad situation. Various psychologists have found direct correlations between animal abuse and killing of animals to abuse and murder of human beings. These girls need psychological treatment to go along with any jail time.

+ Read More
Brandi Pare
25 months ago

Thank you for having the stomach and the guts to repost the video and do what you could to get these girls in as much trouble as you could and to spread awareness for the turtles. I didn't/couldn't watch the video, but just hearing about it was enough. I can't believe that people could do that. And I saw your picture of her post saying how sorry she was, and how she knows what she did was wrong... BULL! They can't really expect us to believe that they could cause pain and suffering to an animal for as long as they did and have what would seem to be a good time doing it, and then turn around and claim that you feel bad about it. No way. They're just sorry that they got caught and that people are reacting badly to it. What they did was completely despicable and it's highly unlikely that the turtle will get the kind of justice that I think it deserves. Seriously, THANK YOU for getting the word out because I can't help but feel that without your help, these girls would have walked away without much punishment, if any. Hopefully this gets them into a bit more than that.

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Miss-Kim Benjamin
25 months ago

hope those girls get what they deserve . and just so you know , the facebook posts are spreading everywhere , im in Queensland , Australia . so good job

+ Read More
Stephen Raymer
25 months ago

Dude you are awesome for standing up for the Tortoise. If there is a hell there is a special place in it for those sickos

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Jean Orford
25 months ago

good on you son. Too cruel. Townsville, Australia

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Adrienne Child
25 months ago

Your video has reached Perth,Australia(west coast)...thank you for saving the video and turning your FB friend in...I just don't get how people can be so cruel.And they call themselves Christians??Great adults they're going to make hey?

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