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In early March 2008, major media outlets ran the story about a Youtube video of a United States Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq. Most Youtube viewers were reported as being "appalled". The video soon became the subject of media self-scrutiny, with reports citing its spread as a "viral" internet phenomenon.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

The video shows two Marines with a puppy, and one of them, later identified as Lance Corporal David Motari, is holding the puppy. The Marines make these remarks-"cute little puppy dog", and "oh, so cute, little puppy." Motari then leans back and tosses the puppy off the cliff. The puppy is heard whimpering as it is about to be tossed, and loudly yelps as it flies through the air. An off-camera marine is heard saying "oh that's mean, that's just mean Motari", in a somewhat sarcastic tone, then slightly snickers to himself.

Questions were raised about the verifiability of the 17-second video, including whether the puppy was a living animal or a toy, and whether the name of the perpetrator associated with the event was accurate.[7] In mid June 2008, CNN reported that Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion, the Marine who had videotaped the event was disciplined and that Lance Corporal David Motari, who had killed the young dog, had been discharged from the military.[9] Motari wrote on his Bebo that they normally would have shot and killed the puppy but he was trying to be creative.[10]


  1. ^ "Marine Corps Investigates Alleged Puppy Torture (KMBG9 Honolulu, HI CBS affiliate 03-03-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Viewer E-Mails Responding To Marine Puppy Story (KITV Honolulu, HI ABC affiliate 03-04-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Video appears to show Marine abusing puppy (CNN 03-04-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Was Killing the Puppy a Way of Coping for One Marine? (ABC News 03-05-08 )". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Marine's Puppy-Throwing Video Draws Ire (CBS News 03-04-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  6. ^ "Marines Outraged by Puppy-Throwing Video (Fox News 03-04-08)".,2933,334709,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Monroe family 'living a nightmare' as Marine puppy throwing video spreads (HeraldNet 03-05-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  8. ^ "Infamous Marine-Puppy video clip (ASPCA online community 03-07-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  9. ^ "Puppy-throwing Marine is removed from Corps (CNN 06-13-08)". Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
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