Giant Tortoise Crushed by Would-Be Thieves
Help us find them!
In the early morning hours of June 7, 2021, and under the cover of darkness, several individuals in a dark, crew cab, full-sized pickup entered the property of Jerry Fife near Phoenix, Arizona. Surveillance video shows two individuals attempting to lift/drag a giant tortoise owned by Jerry towards the pickup. They were interrupted by Jerry as they attempted to steal his tortoise, and they rapidly fled the scene.
As they sped away, they ran right over the top of Jasmine, breaking her spine and crushing her lung field. Although this egg-laying female was rushed to a veterinarian that specializes in tortoise care, she is no longer alive. The decision was made to humanely euthanize Jasmine because the extent of her wounds were too severe for repair.
There exists no kinder, gentler animal than a tortoise. Our community is shocked and saddened by what has happened.
Please help us raise money for a reward to help us locate the individuals who carried out this horrific act so that they can be brought to justice.
- Update -
We appreciate the continued outpouring of support and concern. Law enforcement has received some leads and are following up. Of course, investigations take time. We have every reason to believe that justice will be served.
Thank you for your patience and for helping send the message that we, as a group, have ZERO tolerance for any aspect of the criminal activity that led to the loss of Jasmine.