Sorry there has been no update but until recently there has been nothing to report.
I have been trying repeatedly to call the SPCA to speak to their Humane Society liason. None of my messages have been returned. So last week I went there in person to see if I could speak to someone.
As it turns out the person who answers the phones has not been relaying any messages -- I don't know how or why. She was fired the day before I came in-person after it came back to the office that some SPCA bigwig had tried to get through and failed.
After finally speaking to the Humane Society liason in person, she was more than happy to address my concerns. She seemed genuinely concerned -- especially after I was able to prove that I could back up my claims with a few professional references.
She is supposed to call me sometime today to let me know how things are progressing. She is required -- since I filed an official complaint -- to visit the store in person and speak to the manager. So, at the very least, the store is going to have that complaint on record and someone with a little more clout then myself may have a chance to sway this manager.
I am also going to file complaints with the Better Business Bureau and a few other offices.
I learned the other day that the store in question is under a seperate lawsuit for slander ... because of this same manager that I spoke to. It furthers my opinion that she is not very professional at all and probably shouldn't be operating a pet shop.
I am thankful for the support that I have received from this board.
Some of you who read this might think that I am going awfully far for one lone turtle but please try to understand that this is serious and can be classified as abuse. If this woman is not willing to listen to reason for a turtle and is willing to be this hard-headed even when she is wrong then she is probably willing to do so for other animals as well. It is sad that it has come to this but none of this would have been necessary if she had just been willing to open a book and change how she kept the turtle.