Solider throws puppy off cliff

SEE UPDATE – 6/11/08Motari Gets Tossed… Out of the Marines!

I saw this video and was physically ill!! After so many heartwarming stories of soldiers and the dogs they love and rescue and work desperately to get to the US, we have a piece of trash like this laughing and throwing a puppy off a cliff. He doesn’t deserve to serve as an American soldier, as a representation of this country!

You can watch the video below – WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES!!

Soldier Throwing Puppy – GRAPHIC

Trust me, there’s much more that I’d like to say but I’d break my own rules of posting if I did! 🙁

I actually have information on the soldier, name address, ect. but am loathe to post what I have as there is no way for me to verify the accuracy of it. The name of the soldier mentioned on the tape who threw the innocent and defenseless puppy is ‘Motari’ which coincides with my info.

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UPDATE – The Video has since been pulled from YouTube but thousands have seen the disturbing images. The military is investigating and these is massive news coverage regarding the video and public outrage.

UPDATEThe following is an article that came out today regarding this highly disturbing video.

Puppy-tossing video implicates Monroe Marine

Herald Staff

The video is upsetting: A man who appears to be a U.S. Marine in Iraq holds a puppy up to the camera, throws the animal off a cliff and shrugs.

The 17-second video, which is spreading across the world through YouTube, has brought fury and death threats to a Marine some are identifying as a Monroe man.

No one can say yet whether the video is a hoax or a real act of a live puppy being killed. It’s unclear where the video was shot or who actually shot it and posted it on the Internet. The video started spreading across the Internet on Monday.

A Marine Corps spokeswoman in the Pentagon on Monday afternoon said the Marines have just become aware of the video and they’re investigating.

“I have seen all the information on the Web but we haven’t been able to verify anything,” Capt. Blanca Binstock said.

The video is poor quality and it’s difficult to tell whether the puppy is a toy or real, alive or dead. It dangles motionless as the Marine holds it by the scruff of the neck and shows it to the camera. The animal makes no sound.

He then turns and tosses it off a cliff. The animal tumbles through the air end over end. Yelping sounds are heard after the animal is thrown, but it’s unclear where the sounds were coming from.

Veterinarians at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine reviewed the video at The Herald’s request.

They cannot determine whether the puppy was real. One did note that it appeared to leave the frame of the video for a second and the Marines could have switched it with a fake dog.

“There is no way to know for sure if the puppy is real or not unless you are the one who produced it,” said Charlie Powell, a veterinary college spokesman. “Whoever did produce the film needs to be looked at, even if it is fake, because the intent is the same and represents a horrific act of cruelty, real or not.”

A profile for the Marine on Bebo, a social networking site, says he was stationed in Iraq, but was expecting to be transferred to Hawaii.

A woman at the home listed for the Marine declined to talk.

“Could you just leave? We already know why you’re here,” the woman said. “Just go. There’s nothing to say.”

And here another article from Hawaii about the video, looks like there’s going to be some serious investigating going on!

Puppy abuse video investigated by Hawaii Marine base

By William Cole
Advertiser Military Writer

Marine Corps Base Hawaii is investigating a shocking video of a smiling Marine throwing a puppy off the top of a steep hillside in Iraq into a gully below.

The video today gained widespread attention and condemnation on the Internet.

“The video is shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine,” the Kane’ohe Bay base said in a release.

Base officials said the video came to their attention this morning. An investigation has been initiated. Maj. Chris Perrine, a Marine spokesman here, said “it’s looking like” the Marine is based out of Hawai’i.

“We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action,” the base said.

Two Marines are seen in combat gear smiling as one holds a white-and-black puppy by the scruff of its neck. The dog seems to be about 8 weeks old and is motionless as it is held.

“Cute little puppy, huh?” says one Marine as he smiles broadly.

“Oh so cute, so cute, little puppy,” says another in a child-like voice.

The Marine holding the puppy is then seen throwing the animal overhand into a desert-like gully below. The animal yelps until it thuds to the ground at the bottom of the gully.

“That’s mean,” one Marine says afterward.

The 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment of about 1,000 Hawai’i Marines recently replaced a sister unit in Iraq, the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

Marine Corps Base Hawai’i said the vast majority of Marines “conduct their duties in an honorable manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States.”

There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave.”

Here’s some info from another article discussing the soldier who is alleged to be the puppy thrower in the video;

The video came to the attention of officials yesterday morning, the base said.

Two Marines are seen in combat gear smiling as one holds what appears to be a white-and-black puppy by the scruff of its neck. The dog seems to be about 8 weeks old and is motionless as it is held.

“Cute little puppy, huh?” says one Marine as he smiles broadly.

“Oh so cute, so cute, little puppy,” says another in a childlike voice.

The Marine holding what seems to be a puppy is then seen flinging the animal overhand into a desertlike gully below. Yelps accompany the end-over-end tumble until it thuds to the ground at the bottom of the gully.

“That’s mean,” one Marine says afterward. “That was mean, Motari.”

Maj. Chris Perrine, a Marine spokesman, said a Lance Cpl. David Motari is with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment at Kane’ohe Bay.

Motari returned to Hawai’i in October from Haqlaniyah, Iraq, after a seven-month deployment, Perrine said. The 1,000 Marines with the 1st Battalion were stationed in the “Triad” area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana northwest of Baghdad.

Motari could not be reached for comment.

“We’re still trying to figure out, is this a legitimate video?” Perrine said. “Was it edited? Is it (Motari) who’s in it? We don’t know. We’ll find that out hopefully sooner rather than later.”

Motari, on a www.bebo.com social networking page, identified himself as a 22-year-old from Seattle.

On the page he says he is scared of “nothing,” and is happiest “chillin’ out, sleeping, playing sports, hittin’ the gym, hangin’ with friends, with my family, at home, Fridays, eating, running, cruisin’, and definitely when I get out of the Marine Corps.”

Web postings say he is married. MySpace and other networking sites for Motari and family members were changed to restricted access yesterday or were removed.

The Everett, Wash., Herald said a woman at the home listed for the Marine in Washington state declined to talk.

“Could you just leave? We already know why you’re here,” the woman told the newspaper. “Just go. There’s nothing to say.”

SEE UPDATE – 6/11/08Motari Gets Tossed… Out of the Marines!

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