Demand Justice for Murdered Pet Turtle


Target: Emmet L. Cosgrove, New London Administrative Judge

Goal: Ensure turtle murderer is served the maximum penalty

Animals are too often involved in domestic disputes, suffering serious injuries or death. A pet turtle in Connecticut was taken from its home, into the backyard and shot in the head, dying instantly. The turtle’s alleged killer, Steven Richard, ended the turtle’s life because he and his girlfriend had a fight. Retribution killing is never okay, even when the victim is an animal. Richard should be punished to the fullest possible extent for his crime, to serve as a lesson for retributive animal murderers.

Richard failed to explain to police officers why he shot his girlfriend’s turtle. The turtle was shot with a BB gun, point blank in its head. Turtles have life expectancy similar to humans, many living much longer than humans- upwards of 150 years, depending on the species. Though the species of the deceased turtle was not determined, it was a younger turtle with a long life ahead of it.

The trial will soon be held; urge the court to penalize Richard to the fullest extent. The turtle deserves justice.


Dear Mr. Cosgrove,

A man will soon appear for trial within the New London Superior Court in New London, Connecticut. His name is Steven Richard and he is being charged with animal abuse. Richard murdered his girlfriend’s pet turtle over a domestic dispute. Richard took the pet turtle out into the backyard of it residence and shot it in the head with a BB gun, killing the reptile instantly. This behavior is a red flag, signaling that Richard is dangerous around other animals and possibly humans.

I urge you, Mr. Cosgrove, to pass this petition on to the judge assigned to Richard’s trial. Please ensure that everyone on the case understands that Richard is an unpredictable man, resorting to violence against a defenseless animal when put under stress. At this moment, Richard is not a healthy addition to society. I urge you to push for the fullest punishment possible for Richard; use his case as a testament to the repercussions and moral standpoint of animal abuse.

Thank y0u for your time; please pass this petition on to the rightful party.


[Your Name Here]

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