The United States Marine Corps is investigating one of its own after a YouTube video showed a Marine apparently throwing a puppy off a cliff in Iraq.
The Marine Corps called the video “shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine.”
Marine spokesman Maj. Chris Perrine said the soldier in the video was believed to be based in Hawaii and he added, “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action.”
The video looks like it was shot by a cell phone camera. The Marine holds the black and white puppy by the neck and says, “Cute little puppy, huh?”
He then throws the dog over the cliff and the Marine shrugs his shoulders while another Marine laughs and says “Thatâ€™s mean. That was mean, Motari.”
Various blogs and sites have been speculating what is the Marine’s full name, and one of the Marine’s sources said there is a man with the name Motari that is at the Hawaii base, but it is not confirmed if that is him in the video.
It is also being questioned if the video is authentic. The video has been removed from YouTube because it violated content rules.
Perinne added, “Certainly there’s a lot of outrage and a lot of people are upset about it. I think every Marine is upset about this video. We will investigate and take appropriate action and make sure our Marine is safe as well. That is mistreatment of a puppy. That is a violation of anybody’s standards, and the Marine Corps sets extremely high standards.”
Here is a link to the disturbing video.
(Thanks Stefani, Dennis and Kelly)