Just charming.

YouTube is taking the video down as fast as people put it up, but now the Seattle Times has it: a Marine taking a tiny black-and-white puppy by the scruff of the neck and throwing the poor thing, yipping in terror, to its apparent death in a deep gully.

(Dog owners and friends of animals, do not open that video unprepared. Really. Truly. I’m still getting my blood pressure back down.)

Is the video faked? Nobody is sure. The Marines are looking into it. However, a couple of WSU vets think it’s probably real, according to the Everett Herald.

Apparently that Marine is our own homegrown article. The original, unedited video used his name; Internet bloggers traced it to a lance corporal from Monroe who was recently transferred to a unit based in Hawaii that just returned from an Iraq tour. The lance corporal is under guard while the Marines investigate.

Meanwhile, the man’s family in Monroe is apparently under police guard with a disconnected phone line after fielding one too many death threats and calls from reporters.

I’m trying to decide which part of this story I’m finding most disgusting. I’m having a hard time of it.

6 Comments so far

  1. Ryan (ryanhealy) on March 4th, 2008 @ 10:49 pm

    This makes me sick to my stomach.

    Is it just me, or has the last 6 months been one horrifying story after another?

  2. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on March 5th, 2008 @ 10:06 am

    Life is one horrifying story after another, generally punctuated by good stories.

    Or, if you’re an optimist, it is the exact opposite. I honestly believe that you get what you look for. You can always find good news, you can always find horrible news. We’re in the mindset right now to look for horrible news mostly because that’s what gets the headlines. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, I’m just saying it is.

    Actually, hell, I’ll say it’s good. I’ve always said ‘Don’t tell me what I’m doing right, because I can’t do it any more right than I am now. Tell me what I’m doing *wrong* so I can fix it.’

    And hearing the horrible stories is tell us (society) what is wrong so we can try to fix it, whether by addressing the problem itself or by trying to make the world a better place in general by balancing out the bad actions of someone else with a good action.

    Of course, all I wanted to comment on was "fielding one too many death threats and calls from reporters" sounds like the reporters are the ones giving death threats, which, despite the horrifying story, made me crack a small smile. Then I read Ryan’s comment and wanted to comment on that.

  3. justinw on March 5th, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

    How come there isn’t the same uproar about this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyoFwoTQZ6Y

    Do soldiers over there really think they can do that? I’d like to think I paid for that grenade and that isn’t how I like seeing it used. Not that I like it being used on people either.

  4. John Eddy (jaydeflix) on March 5th, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    I can think of a few reasons why there isn’t the same uproar.

    First, dogs are pets. People have a close connection with them. Second, the dog video has faces, so you have the ability to focus your anger directly against a visible person, not some unseen chuckler. Its the same as ‘railing against The Man’ vs. hating the president. ‘The Man’ is a vague, disembodied thing, a theory, while the president is a person who you could pick out of a lineup.

    I’m not saying it is right or wrong. I’m just saying why there isn’t the same uproar. Want to get the same uproar? Mail every news organization reporting the puppy story with a link to the sheep video.

  5. superinkygrrl on March 5th, 2008 @ 4:09 pm

    I will not open up that video because it makes me sad (and angry) just thinking about it. It’s just incredibly difficult for me to imagine the thought process behind killing an innocent life. And if it was a joke, then that it one sick sense of humor. I do, however, think it’s important that it’s talked about and not swept under the carpet.

  6. ms_kate (mskate) on March 5th, 2008 @ 5:59 pm

    Was it really necessary to give so much detail about the puppy and about the incident in your lede?

    In one sentence, you managed to pack in more sickeningly specific information than I ever wanted to know. I’ve worked to keep unaware of just those kinds of details that will make me cry and sick to my stomach, and had managed to maintain a degree of ignorance, until I read this post.

    It’s upset me so much that I had to say something, and to do that, I’ve had to register and get an account. Thanks ever so for getting my day off to such a sickening start.

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