The pond was seined and everything caught in it was euthanized. The city previously promised that all of the non-native/invasive species of turtles – which really are just people’s discarded pets, would be brought to the turtle and tortoise sanctuary in Castro Valley. Instead, they euthanized all of the animals. I double checked with the man who runs the turtle rescue in Castro Valley and he confirmed that the city did not surrender any animals to him, and he has not even spoken to anyone from the city in months.
I have written and left voicemails, no less than 100 to JUDY who is in charge of this, begging her to allow citizens who want to, adopt these discarded turtles into their own backyard ponds. She would not respond. And yesterday, they were all euthanized. I asked her as a human, as a woman, as a mother – how could she feel OK about killing all of these animals? I asked her if she had any guilt whatsoever.
I don’t know what else to say. It’s over. As a community, we couldn’t even save a whole bunch of innocent animals. As a race, I think as humans, we can be so unbelievably selfish. JUDY had no right to be the decision-maker over hundreds of animals lives yesterday. I actually asked her the question “if somebody dropped a puppy off in a box on your doorstep, would you take it inside or maybe bring it to the pound… Or would you kill it? She had no comment. She has had no comment on any of my questions in the last few months. And I think that says it all.
We lost. A lot of animals died. The innocent animals that we were trying to save are dead.
The city of Livermore is forever going to be shamed for this.