It takes a special kind of cruelty for someone to throw live puppies into a swift-moving river. It was exactly that level of malice that has animal rights activists appalled by the deeds of a young Croatian-speaking woman, according to CNN. The woman was filmed taking puppies one by one from a bucket and hurling them crying in terror into the river. PETA claims the river seen may be the Vrbas River in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and has offered a bounty of $2,000 for the capture and arrest of the people responsible.
4Chan.org users, who helped identify a British woman who put a cat in a trash bin recently, are also seeking the identity of the woman and the unseen man who filmed the event. The New York Daily News has reported that a Sarajevo animal rights group called SOS is claiming the girl to be from the town of Bugojno, Bosnia, and that the cameraman is her brother; but these allegations have not been confirmed yet. Bosnian officials are investigating.
Animal cruelty and torture are not unknown in this country, and dominated the headlines not so long ago. Pro football player Michael Vick, at the time an Atlanta Falcons quarterback, was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $928,073 in restitution for felony dog-fighting. Seventy animals, mostly pit bulls, were involved in the fighting, with most of them found on the premises and suffering from neglect. Vick ended up serving 19 months and returned to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick’s property in Smithfield, Virginia, was, according to Pet-Abuse.com, a “huge operation” known as Bad Newz Kennels, with numerous wounded dogs later requiring rescue and blood-soaked carpeting. Bad Newz was identified as a professional-level animal fighting facility.
Unlike Vick, who tried to hide his operations from the light of day, the accused girl and her cameraman meant to be seen and wanted their deeds to receive publicity. Publicity at this point is indeed good, solely because the more people are informed, the more opportunity there will be that she and her cohort will be captured. In an age in which Mexican drug gangs post videos of bloody carnage, terrorists upload videos of their kills on bulletin boards to celebrate their murders, and when thoughtless thugs take their fun in butchering puppies, it can only be hoped that whatever cheap thrill people get in such cruelty will lead to a greater chance for capture, prosecution, and a harsh sentence to be handed down, as is appropriate.
Michael Sheridan, “Bosnian police hunt girl throwing puppies in river in disturbing video; PETA offers $2,000 reward” New York Daily News
Brian Walker, “Video of woman throwing live puppies into river sparks online outcry” CNN
Pet-Abuse.com, “Dog-fighting, neglect Smithfield, VA (US)”