Gopher Tortoise Torture Pair Arrested
Many outraged people on social media contacted and showed their passion for the endangered gopher tortoise by contacting Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on and days after the posting of the gruesome killing video. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission have arrested the two girls from this incident. Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, was charged with misdemeanor charge of taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, and felony cruelty to animals. A $55,000 bail has been set for Greene who is now in Clay County jail. As for the 15-year-old girl, she has also been charged with felony cruelty to animals and misdemeanor charge of taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise.
If you are looking for a positive outcome from such a horrible act of violence towards an endangered gopher tortoise, look towards Ash Katchem. Ash, friends with the girls on Facebook has started a GoFundMe account to help raise funds for Wildlife Foundation of Florida. He is looking to raise $10,000 in 9 more days. Please help someone who was a big part in turning these kids over to authorities, by showing your support of his stand up mentality. Chris Law of Central Florida Roaming Reptiles first covered Ash Katchem’s story at Reptile Apartment a few days ago.