Just days after a closed circuit surveillance video was posted to YouTube concerning the callous tossing of a cat in a garbage bin in Coventry, England, an even more disturbing video of a young female throwing puppies one by one into a river has surfaced on the world wide web. Although the original video posted to YouTube has been taken down by the site, the 44-second clip can be seen on many other websites, including LiveLeak.com. And what many have seen has sparked outrage around the world.
It is uncertain where the video originates, although there are many who believe it to be of Bosnian or Croatian origin. Regardless, the anger generated by it seems to be universal, with many calling for the girl’s punishment. One Facebook group, “Find The Girl Who Threw Puppies In The River,” has seen its friends list grow from 2300 on Tuesday (as reported by HuffingtonPost.com) to nearly 40,000 by Thursday.
The video shows a girl dressed in a red hood taking a half dozen puppies from a white bucket and throwing them into a river. Bosnian officials, according to the Associated Press, have been informed that the identity of the young woman is known. The Association of Citizens for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals SOS notified authoriities that they had received an e-mail identifying the red-hooded female as a teenager from the Bosnian town of Bugojno. Officials from the town have reported that they are investigating the matter.
The video of the girl throwing puppies into a river is just the latest in imagery that depicts some form of animal cruelty to appear on the world wide web. At the end of July, a woman whose cat was thrown into a garbage bin posted the video of the incident on YouTube in the hope that the woman would be identified.
She was. And the threats leveled against the 45-year-old woman were just as disturbing as the callous act that the woman herself displayed tossing the small animal into the garbage bin and closing the lid on it. Mary Bale, an customer service representative at a bank, sought police protection due to the extreme nature of many of the threats. One Facebook page, “Death To Mary Bale,” was taken down by the site because of its threatening content.
Like those who threatened Mary Bale, many who have commented on the video and on the Facebook page have threatened the young girl with physical violence.
Associated Press via AP.org