Update: Justice for the six innocent puppies that were sent to their death in a river by an unidentified young woman may come soon. Police in Bosnia announced Friday they have located the girl. Leads provided by several animal rights groups in Bosnia brought officials to her doorstep. The girl is a teenager who lives in the town of Bugojno. And because she is a minor, police do not plan on releasing her name to the public. The girl’s parents will soon be questioned, but according to AFP the girl was told to throw the 3-day-old puppies in the river by her grandmother. AFP reported that local media says the girl believed this was “the most merciful way to get rid of them.”
Under a recently adopted animal protection law, people can be fined up to $6,400 for cruel treatment of animals. If the girl is found guilty and fined it would be the first case in Bosnia.
Gut-wrenching video of a young woman throwing six newborn puppies into a river has generated outrage on the Internet. Here is the latest news as to the identity of the woman and what is being done to locate her.
The disturbing video which was first seen on You Tube, showed a girl in her late teens or early twenties pulling newborn puppies from a bucket and throwing them one-by-one into a rapidly flowing river.
The girl is dressed in a red hoody and from all descriptions appears to have a smirk on her face while performing this ultimate act of cruelty. My account of the abuse is from news stories, as I don’t plan on watching the video.
However those that have seen the video are part of the group that will ultimately get credit for tracking down the young woman and bring her to justice.
Here Is What Authorities Have Learned
An animal rights group in Bosnia called “Flekice” (Spots) has contacted authorities saying the video was filmed at the Vrbas River which is located in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno.
The Associated Press reported that Velimir Ivanisevic from the Association of Citizens for Prevention of Cruelty Against Animals (SOS), said his group received an e-mail that allegedly identifies the young woman as a 19-year-old teenager who lives in Bugojno. Her brother filmed the video.
“We cannot say with 100 percent certainty that this is true…but we received some other information which leads us to believe that it is,” Ivanisevic said.
“It is a mirror of society and the fact that young people are doing such things shows how they have been raised,” he continued.
On Wednesday Flekice and SOS both contacted Bosnian police. An investigation has begun, but authorities refuse to discuss the details.
Bosnia recently adopted an animal protection law that punishes people who kill or torture animals with fines that range from $12 dollars to $6,400 dollars.
Some people speculate the video is a hoax and the producers are trying to cash in on the notoriety Mary Bale attracted last week when she dumped a helpless cat into a garbage bin. Bale had to go under police protection because of threats on her life.
It’s hard to imagine that two teenagers think this sort of attention is enviable, but for the sake of the newborn puppies I sincerely hope it is really what happened.
Late Breaking News
Late in the day on Wednesday a video of apology appeared on YouTube, supposedly from the girl with the puppies. It was quickly removed by You Tube for violations to their policy, but cnet news was able to grab one frame that gave the following information.
The girl gave her name and apologized for her behavior. She explained the puppies were only 3 days old and belonged to her grandmother. The puppies were sick and her grandmother asked her to get rid of them. She decided to throw them in the river because “it was a short death, I did not want to make them suffer,” the frame states.
At this point no one knows if this second video is authentic or if someone is trying to inflame the feelings of people who care about animals. But like the Mary Bale case, it shows the Internet is a very powerful tool.
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