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US Soldier Throws Puppy Off Cliff [Video]

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They said his name and showed his face. He and his buddy ought to get arrested by the military police and have the book thrown at them.

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Ria S (13)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:33 am

Simone Duffin (1462)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:36 am
Thanks James. Noted. Disgusting.

Christine Rounds (31)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:45 am
Completely heartless...Is this what happens when we send our young people to war? He should be disciplined...I wonder what happened to the puppy?

Patty S (9)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:49 am
Isn't this "man" exposed to enough brutality in the military - is he that hardened to it do something so cruel and senseless? What a sick individual he must be - when you read other stories about soldiers and dogs in war zones that are uplifting we have to see something like this in the news. I hope he gets court marshalled and disgraces his family

Justin H (17)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:08 am
wot an r sole


Annie J (205)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:10 am
those who show no mercy shall receive no mercy

April Peterson (10)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:30 am
you hear about all of these soldiers bring home dogs and puppies and now i just don't see how they can throw a puppy away like that. he should be dishoronaly discharged. he will receive no mercy

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:46 am
Okay that got me pissed...I cannot beleive our military people are acting like this....Freaks.

MadMud Artist (433)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:55 am
Just the person you DON'T want your daughter to marry, live on your street or exist freely in society...he may be wearing a uniform, but he is NOT the true example of a REAL man or soldier. I pity that fool.

Brenda P (146)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:57 am

MadMud Artist (433)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:57 am
NOT all military members act like that. Let us not blame a Whole group of people for the acts of a portion.

Janet Davis (233)
Monday March 3, 2008, 10:57 am
I am absolutely disgusted by this. Beyond words. I can't tell what branch these idiots are, possibly Marines. My husband is in law enforcement with the Army, so I'll get his help and I will NOT STOP until these guys get in some serious hot freaking water over this, if they aren't already.

Cher C (1427)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:06 am

Thomas Panto (364)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:09 am

American children were trained since Kindergarten to be Teenage Mutant Ninja Power Rangers. Don't expect much.

We got the garbage we created.

If you want a better Generation then you will have to willfully create it.

Don't let your military dictatorship pledge, allegiance and indoctrinate your children into becoming obedient, patriotic, faithful, MURDERERS.

We are not Alive to become CANNIBALS for these greedy rulers occupying our Capitol.

Ana M (1141)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:30 am
Noted :(:(... I sadly agree with Thomas comment

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:53 am
For once I agree completely with Thomas. Psychopaths.

James O (7)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:54 am
I just created a petition against this:

James O (7)
Monday March 3, 2008, 11:57 am
Sorry, here's the right link:
Fight Puppy-Killing Soldiers

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:00 pm

Blacktiger P (247)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:05 pm
I also agree [with sadness],considering the picture of the commander-in chief about to chow down on a cub of big cat species. For emphasis I will put that up on my billboad.

Janet Davis (233)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:07 pm
Gladly signed. Thanks for creating it, James. I'm still going to do my best to find out what I can. I'm ready to dance with the military brass!

Ria S (13)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:07 pm
Thank you James for making the petition, signed and will crosspost.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:11 pm
News Item and Petition posted here:
Graphic Material: It is NOT a Human Right to Torture Animals

. (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:15 pm
James, signed! Thank you for starting one, and I hope it accomplishes something. Janet, you go girl! Thomas, I sorrowfully agree. If I say more I'll embarrass Care2...Very angry...

Annie J (205)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:26 pm
Thank you James, signed with disgust

Monday March 3, 2008, 12:38 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:40 pm
Blog: Graphic Material:Today a Puppy, Tomorrow a Baby?

All hairs on my body is still standing on end, my wife claims that I am ash-colored and have a halo of out-rage and shock. I knew many US soldiers are callous and indifferent to HUMAN life. But now I know that the American Military just has to be prevented from going anywhere in the world.

The hapless little puppy had absolutely no way of knowing what was about to happen to it, or to defend itself. You can see on the picture that it's in the position it would be if it's mother was carrying it to another location, a position of calm and surrender, as is the nature of very small puppies being grabbed by the scruff.

This grown man is about to do the indescribable cruel thing of throwing this little puppy over a cliff rim, some 90-100 feet into the stony rubble below, to die (hopefully instantaneously).

Then he turns to the camera and says "That was Meeeaaan!" with a wide grin.

What will it be next to entertain this piece of human offal? A human baby? A woman? Perhaps an "insurgent"?

Please sign the petition. These Soldiers need to be STOPPED and sent home to the US in dishonor.


Maria S (338)
Monday March 3, 2008, 12:41 pm
Noted and signed!

Ruud Hulspas (35)
Monday March 3, 2008, 1:14 pm
Imagine this guy coming back to society after the 'war'... we better have a bunch of psychiatrists lined up.

Paul Burke (316)
Monday March 3, 2008, 1:22 pm
uhh that dogs not moving, breathing, waging it's tail, barking - and stays in one position the whole time even when thrown - a) it's already dead - or a ceramic or clay replica (some sort of nick knack or doorstop) and these guys aren't the least bit angry - or macho acting, and clearly imitating the dog bark - because the volume of the whimpers stays the same - even though the possibly fake dog is traveling away from the mic. I think this just might be a bad "goof" a poorly imitated "Letterman" type sketch - it looks like a fake to me - be that as it may it's still in poor taste -

Ginger S (115)
Monday March 3, 2008, 1:37 pm
that's one stupid moron. The military will make him pay for it too. Believe me. His career will be over . Off to Levenworth Prison he goes!!!!!

Paul Burke (316)
Monday March 3, 2008, 1:43 pm
I looked at the video again - it looks like rigor mortise is already set in - this puppy has been dead a long time - still it's in horribly bad taste - and they should have just buried the poor pup.

Trudi Reijnders (242)
Monday March 3, 2008, 1:59 pm
Noted and signed against this disgusting behaviour.Thank you,James

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 2:03 pm
"I looked at the video again - it looks like rigor mortise is already set in - this puppy has been dead a long time - still it's in horribly bad taste - and they should have just buried the poor pup."

No, Paul - You can see on the picture [and the video] that it's in the position it would be if it's mother was carrying it to another location, a position of calm and surrender, as is the nature of very small puppies being grabbed by the scruff.


Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 2:15 pm
Niagara falls could be the right spot to bring your brave men and women back home to!

Patty S (9)
Monday March 3, 2008, 2:48 pm
Noted and signed. Hopefully the military will take action against this loser. Show the world that everyone (well most of us anyway) here is not a bunch of mindless barbarians...

serge vrabec (278)
Monday March 3, 2008, 2:53 pm
That f###$$ sub-human is well on the way to dying as we speak....

mandy j (29)
Monday March 3, 2008, 3:03 pm
cruel b******d he should face animal cruelty charges and be discharged from the army. i disagree with that it looks fake. as from my knowledge if you hold any animal they way he did it put the animal in a relaxed defence. its how the female animals hold there young. anyone who hurts a animal should be locked up for life. in my mind animals are more worthy the humans will ever be

Past Member (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 3:30 pm
Noted, and thanks for the post James. This is disgusting.

Malee Holland (15)
Monday March 3, 2008, 3:33 pm
Yeah, imagine what he does to the people when the cameras aren't rolling. The Hollywood cliche war movie nut job comes to mind.

Helen Forsythe (91)
Monday March 3, 2008, 4:26 pm
:( I received this vid on facebook and now it's 'no longer available' which must mean people are reporting it vid rather than signing petition, ridiculous ! I honestly hope these ba*ta*ds don't come home.

Barry Seth (118)
Monday March 3, 2008, 4:52 pm
This is outrageous. People should also contact their representatives in Washington.

. (0)
Monday March 3, 2008, 5:29 pm
This sickens me to my stomach !!! My heart goes out to that poor puppy. How cruel , how meaningless...B#######d !!!

Marian E (152)
Monday March 3, 2008, 7:36 pm

Thank you, signed and noted.

Mary Riley (999)
Monday March 3, 2008, 7:37 pm
What Thomas said!

LL A (33)
Monday March 3, 2008, 7:46 pm
Noted and SO SIGNED!

Karen M (176)
Monday March 3, 2008, 8:29 pm
That person is going to come back to the United States and live next door to somebody.

Julie S (210)
Monday March 3, 2008, 8:49 pm
I am beyond angry to see this outright cruelty. It's like some sort of sick entertainment to this bast*rd! This killer would do it to a small child if he could! Only pure evil/hate that allows someone to do something like this. What in the hell is going on over there? This has to stop and the soldiers need to be arrested and removed from their position. From a moral standpoint, this makes the US look even WORSE. An ethically correct justification for this horror does not exist. What is the goverment going to do? I'm sure this will be covered up... if possible. The corrupt & broken politics that we call 'our government' know that this country's citizens would not want this! YouTube has quickly removed the videos as far as I can tell. If anyone knows how to find them, please post me! People need to know about this and those 'sodiers'

Julie S (210)
Monday March 3, 2008, 8:57 pm
the bast*rds profile has been snipped too... if you try to pull it up, you'll get a message from Bebo:


" Sorry. No can do.

David Motari's Profile

You are not authorized to view this profile. "

ANNE Lorgeoux (69)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:12 pm
this is revolting....

Tom M (814)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:19 pm
I hope he ends up sharing Michael Vick's prison cell. The guy was in uniform so what he did to that puppy should be prosecuted as a federal crime like Michael Vick's animal cruelty case. The guy must be as dumb as a rock to have done this on camera. If anyone has his name put it in a Care2 petition and I'll sign it.

Lucky N (165)
Monday March 3, 2008, 9:20 pm
remember the injured dog that wassoned by soldiers??? this is what is protecting our country?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 12:03 am
Well, I'm glad my hard-earned tax dollars are at work supporting heartless bastards like this who get thrills out of killing innocent beings...

Barbara M (2)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:13 am
Obviously worthless garbage on the goverment payroll. I believe they should be thrown off the cliff. There is no reason to waste more taxpayer dollars convicting them of murdering that poor puppy and housing them in jail. An eye for an eye, that's true justice.

Jeffrey Coolwater (148)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:27 am
This is an absolute OUTRAGE and demands immediate charges! I seriously question the use of the phrase, "brave men and women in uniform" when it includes the likes of these. I find their utter lack of compassion a revolting example of the psychosis of war.

Debbie L (180)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 3:33 am
Noted, outraged, and petition signed-totally appaling and disgusting.Scary too that they felt nothing , they were chuckling about it!!!!!!!! So horrible for the little pup-so horrible. They should all be severely punished and have thorough psych therapy.

Sereena H (6)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:08 am
This is discusting. An INNOCENT DEFENCELESS puppy is ditched like its a cricket ball, it is PATHETIC and these soldiers are proud of it and capturing it on camera. It isnt "strong" or "manly" to do that stuff. They are ment to be protecting the country and they are often honoured and this is the stuff they do and hope people never find out! They wouldnt do this at home so why do it somewhere else, there is no excuse! These people should be punished and made an example of!

Sereena H (6)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:13 am
Noted. Poor puppy, breaks my heart.

Jessica S. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:48 am
That Marien needs help. That is the most disgusting and disturbing thing I have ever seen. I wake up to watch the news and here that a Marien has thrown a puppy in the air for fun. He has some issues that he needs to deal with. I hope that he is reprimanded for what he has done. A discharge would be fitting. We do not want someone that is defending our country to act in the manner this solder has.

Patti R (211)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 6:39 am
This video has been removed from and even the news station.

Sally Roberts (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 6:56 am
well isn't he something that we can be so proud of !!!! NOT !!! Worthless piece of crap calling himself a human and a soldier !!

Delliana Ofthesea (241)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 7:57 am
Insert "foul languge" here!
Eye for an Eye!
Horrible representation of Americans!

Tripty A (84)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:02 am
I wonder what happened to the puppy....Noted with disgust. Thanks James.

LL A (33)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:19 am
Excellent point, Karen M. Unfortunate. But all too true!


Karen M. Monday March 3, 2008, 8:29 pm
That person is going to come back to the United States and live next door to somebody.

Lisa K (89)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:20 am
Jeffrey Dahmer started with little animals, too.....
Signed and noted.

Lee D (22)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:26 am
I too can not believe what I just saw. Throw the book at the son of a bitch who did this and the one who let it happen, too. I am horrified again and again that people like them exist and flourish in the world.
I hope the poor puppy is alright.

stephanie v (85)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:35 am
The outrage should be directed to those individuals involved and they should be court marsheled. Yeah sick F**** like tis come home and move in next door.Scarey thought huh? People should know that these men DO NOT represent the ARMED SERVICES OR THE GENERAL POPULATION! the majority of the people are appalled by this!

Lee D (22)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:39 am
Paul Burke, what are you on? Are you blind and deaf?

Laura R (29)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:57 am
unbelievable! This guy's a nutcase and his buddies are not far behind...Signed and noted...AND THE PHONE NUMBERS HAVE BEEN DISCONNECTED on the first one...and "not accepting calls at this time" on the second...not too I feel sick

Little Bear (1)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:22 am
What this Marine did is Conduct Unbecoming and is a Courts Martial offense. He'll likely get discharged. That being said, it's too bad all the energy going to a faked video isn't channeled to your Congressional representatives for the nearly 4000 lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom were Marines. How about speaking out for a human being lost in combat.

. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:52 am
I am concerned this video is being erased from the media before too many people see it. I hope it isn't being swept under the rug-it speaks to the mentality of some people who represent US in this world. GOOD men are being lost (Ron, I don't think anyone is ignoring that, but many innocent lives have no one to speak for them.), and I don't want a good soldiers' image tarnished by some waste-of-skin idiots. It's taken me a day to get past the sickness and disgust of the images and say something that doesn't include cusswords. I hope the pups death was instant, and I hope the sub-humans involved in the video are dealt with severely. Our country and any innocents harmed deserves no less.

. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:55 am
Oops, "deserve", no "s."

Jody H (22)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 10:54 am
I cannot believe this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 11:16 am
David Motari, Alleged Puppy Killer, Tracked Down

Judging by some of the comments on the article above, I think he might be wise to beg for a permanent deployment in Iraq!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 11:28 am
Various comments on the link below, including a suggestion that the video `could` be fake.

( includes the video )

Christine G (3)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 11:33 am
WTF?! Studies show that the majority of serial-killers are white and started "practicing" on small, innocent animals. I would bet 10 to 1 that this isn't the first time that he's done this whether it be over there or here, state-side. I believe that because he was in uniform while committing this atrocity he should be charged with Federal animal cruelty and Dishonorably Discharged from the military. Ideally though, I hope he catches an insurgents bullet to the head along with his "cronies" who watched, allowed to happen, videotaped and posted this disgusting clip. May he NEVER REST in pieces.

Liz D (70)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 11:42 am
How disgusting, I hope he gets his kicked out for this. Noted and signed!

Lisa F (73)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 12:59 pm
They should both have a DISHONORABLE discharge and be brought home and put on trial. This is intolerable!!!

Gary D (36)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:19 pm
I hope he gets a long time in federal prison.

Veronica Winterscheidt (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:25 pm
I am shocked and discused. That poor puppy.

Tina jones (33)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:31 pm
I started to cry at work. Where was his commanding officer? We must keep close track of this story and get this boy some serious help.

daniella r (76)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:36 pm
Noted and signed, its a good thing your able to see who they are, I hope that a lot of people see this film, and now what a b******d* these guy's are.

. (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:36 pm
Noted with disgust. Poor puppy....

Renee W (121)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 1:56 pm
This was horrifying...I am shocked and disgusted that someone who is put in the position of protecting people..can do THAT to an animal! The guy who filmed is just as guilty for not stepping in and stopping him. They should BOTH be horse whipped!

Elizabeth Sescilla (1)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 2:08 pm
What a sicko. Sorry excuse for a human. Neither of these guys are "men" - this behavior proves what cowards they are.

Judith Jaehn (199)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 2:14 pm
This bully is toast!

Carissa L (2)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 2:25 pm
This is SICK! These "men" should discharged and go to jail! I am still in shock. Who are these "men" and what can we do to make sure they get put away? Unbelievable!

jeffrey m (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 2:37 pm
absurd.....the worst part of it, is he wont be discharged for it, and probably wont even see a court martial, at the most he will see mass, loose some rank and pay. In reality he should be court martial, discharged, and then criminally prosecuted, or even better, he'll be killed in Iraq by a gun could only hope.

Mary Alice Pollard (67)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 3:15 pm
Sadly this is just one of many video's that have been brought to our attention over the years - today - another was sent to me here of our soldiers blowing up a dog -:( These animals could be their companions, their BEST FRIENDS during these seemingly difficult times - do they not see enough pain and suffering and DEATH - what is happening to make them so cold hearted and cruel. Something needs to be done, they need to be held accountable for their actions ! They certainly need to be immediately dismissed, charged with animal cruelty and be sent to a lockup medical facility ! Yes there are amazing stories of soldiers bringing home their animal companions - thank goodness but where were the brave ones who would stand up to these guys and stop them from hurting and killing these innocent animal victims of war !

ingrid lindo (3)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 3:47 pm
i hope they play that video in his hometown and it follows his butt all the dayz of his wretched and cruel life.A dishonorable discharge is a must ,and before he leaves there they should make him go find that poor lil puppy or others like it and look after them until he another poster says he probably only joined to kill things.there is no excuse 4 that type of would have been better to put a bullet in its head then to throw it as the dimwit did.

Wolf LuvR (120)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:02 pm
noted and signed, thanks James for the petition!

Deborah N (37)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:23 pm
Thank You James for doing more then signing a petition..
This was sick & it made my heart leap & then I cryed.. it was horrible.. the howling & the silence after.. I feel these (its too good to call them Soldiers) barbarick nothings should be Court Martialed & a tatoo on there face claiming they did this...they were probably killers before they went into the military.... just plain sick ... & to think they are over there to show care to all.... what a laugh

Judith Devarnne (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:31 pm
Unfortunately, our military has the same proportionate amount of scum as does our society as a whole. The majority of our military personnel are decent individuals who would be as upset by this individual's actions as we are. I agree that this soldier deserves some type of punishment. Anyone who would do this to an animal is only one step away from doing it to a child. Stop him before it is too late.

Mary Riley (999)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:33 pm
Part of the video was on the Seattle news last night. The Marine's commanding officer has been contacted.

Donn M (56)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:37 pm
Amen Judith.

Tina jones (33)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 4:37 pm
I just talked one of my co-workers and her husband is in the military and they are not allowed to have any animals on the base, but she wanted a copy of the video to send to his base and show the military what is going on when we have our backs turned.

K U Harder (8)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:04 pm
The petition site won't let me submit my signature (the submit button doesn't work). What's up with that?

Elaine R (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:08 pm
Coming in late, I haven't seen the unedited video, but my imagination easily fills in the missing parts. Another heartbreaking and infuriating video of US military personnel abusing an animal; I immediately thought of the 2-legged dog who was tormented by a couple of GIs. After about a week of chest beating, did anyone ever hear anymore about that case?

To S.O.B. Cubsaver, I am equally dismayed that you would lump all US military personnel in one category: "I knew many US soldiers are callous and indifferent to HUMAN life. But now I know that the American Military just has to be prevented from going anywhere in the world." Are you naive or simply ignorant? One cannot possibly categorize an entire group in such a narrow fashion. Otherwise, the world would have a view of all Londoners are Jack the Ripper, or all Germans as murdering Nazi SS. Look at any international news website or animal rescue site and you will see thousands of instances of horrific animal abuse throughout the world. We have petitions here against Chinese killing dogs and cats, Japanese killing dolphins and whales, Africans killing elephants, gorillas, tigers, etc., and on and on and on. Please do not judge lest ye be judged.

Elaine R (26)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:10 pm
And what about Canadians, S.O.B. Cubsaver?? For God's sake, don't let those vile Canadians get loose!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:14 pm
I am so outraged. All I want to do is go over there and throw that coward off the cliff. I have read several stories of Soldiers bringing dogs back to the States to save them. Thanks to idiot mindless cowards like these, all the Soldiers who give a damn will also be hurt by this. I come from a family of Marines, so I want to say GodBless the Marine (any soldier) Manly and strong enough to withstand the horrors of true combat & still be gentle enough to love and rescue animals. And may one of those true Marines find these cowards and knock the ---- out of them. I've already sent this to my friends on myspace. The Memorial War Dogs site. I'm counting on them screaming from the inside of the military just as loud as we are screaming outside.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:17 pm
I cried when I read this.
Deceased soldier's dogs flown from Iraq to Mich.
By Natasha Robinson, Associated Press
GROSSE POINTE FARMS, Mich. — The family of Peter Neesley had one wish to fulfill after the Army sergeant died in Baghdad on Christmas Day.
They yearned to retrieve two stray dogs that he had taken in, and cared for. He was attached to them, and expressed in e-mails and phone calls how he wanted to bring them home to Michigan.

For weeks, the family has fought to have at least that part of Peter's life given back to them.

On Friday afternoon, their wish came true.

As Mama, a black Labrador mix, and Boris, her white-and-brown spotted puppy, hopped out of a minivan, the family ran and knelt in the wet streets to greet them.

FIND MORE STORIES IN: Iraq | Baghdad | Michigan | Army | Christmas Day | Peter | Mama | Dogs | Neesley | Rich Crook
Peter Neesley's sister, Carey, cried.

"It's been such a long, complicated struggle and to see them finally come home is just amazing," she said.

Neesley said things hadn't been normal since the family learned that her 28-year-old brother had died in his sleep.

The dogs were picked up in Baghdad this week by Rich Crook, a rapid response manager for the Utah-based Best Friends Animal Society, which helped arrange the animals' transport after learning about them from media reports. Gryphon Holdings LLC, an American-owned airline with service to Iraq, agreed to fly the dogs from Baghdad to Kuwait City.

While Neesley's fellow soldiers cared for Mama and Boris, a veterinarian with the Iraqi Society for Animals vaccinated the dogs and arranged for the health certificates allowing them to travel to the United States. Crook and the dogs arrived in Washington D.C. on Thursday and drove to the Grosse Pointe Farms home of Neesley's mother, capping a four-week transfer that involved elected officials.

Much of the family, including an aunt of Peter's who flew in from New Jersey, gathered at the home. A banner welcoming Mama and Boris hung outside of the brick house with red, white and blue balloons tied to a bannister.

"There were times when we would have a roadblock and then all of a sudden it would open up, so we knew we were on the right track," Crook said.

Carey's son, Patrick, looked at Peter as a father figure and was excited about having the dogs home. Later in the afternoon, one of his best friends called to see if he could come over and play with Patrick and the dogs.

"Patrick, when we started this a few weeks ago, said he just wanted to love them and hold them and take care of them and all of that," said Peter's aunt, Julie Dean. "It's going to be tremendous comfort for the family."

Carey says the family doesn't have any major plans for the new pets.

"We're just going to love them, work on housebreaking, and that kind of stuff," she said. She's still waiting for it all to sink in.

"I think it's going to be more of a reality as the days go on and we kinda come back to normal," she said.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 5:25 pm
Another one that made me cry. Those weren't soldiers, those were cowards that hurled that defenseless puppy. Here are REAL MEN, REAL SOLDIERS.

Dog walks 70 miles through war zone to find his master | WFTS-TV | First in HD
Dog walks 70 miles through war zone to find his master
IRAQ -- Their friendship began half way across the world in Iraq, when St. Petersburg native Major Brian Dennis encountered a mixed breed dog in Anbar Province. The dog had been savagely abused and his ears cut off.

The marine decided to call him Nubbs.

In e-mails to his mother, Marsha Cargo in Tierra Verde, Major Dennis wrote how he was "dumbfounded" when he learned Nubbs' ears were cut off purposely by an Iraqi to make him tough and more alert. Nubbs, he said, was ordained a fighting dog.

Four months passed, and the bond between man and his four legged friend grew. Nubbs, was dealt severe blows in his short life, including being stabbed by a screwdriver. The major shared his distress with mother.

“He tried sleeping with him that night because it was 18 degree temperature and he was afraid he was not going to live through the night. So out of his back pack, he took Neosporin and covered the wound,” Cargo said.

Major Dennis nursed Nubbs back to health...and here is where this friendship takes a remarkable turn: Major Dennis was ordered to move his squadron 70 miles away. He complied.

His mother shared her son's surprise of a lifetime, “Two days later he was out there working on a vehicle in the front yard and all of a sudden here comes Nubbs. He had tracked Brian 70 miles across the desert in 18 degree temperature while being wounded.”

Despite strict rules, Major Dennis wrote to his mother, he had to help this dog. "I won't even address the gauntlet. He had to run off a pack of dogs, wolves and god knows what else to get here...when he arrived he looked like he had been through a war zone," Dennis wrote.

Weeks went by, and Nubbs was dealt another blow,

“Someone told on them that they had the dog and they had 4 days to get rid of him or Nubbs was going to be shot,” Cargo said.

That’s when the Marine made it his mission to get Nubbs to safety. He wrote, “Nubbs was going to America, this dog had been through a lifetime of fighting war, abuse, and had tracked our team over 70 miles of harsh desert (and) was going to live the good life."

The major started an e-mail campaign that crisscrossed continents. Within two days there was three thousand dollars to bring Nubbs home.

“The hardest part was getting him across the Jordanian border,” Cargo told us.

But, in keeping with the rest of this story, the duo defied the odds. Major Dennis was able to get Nubbs into Jordan. A family here in The U.S. will take care of him there until these friends can be reunited.

“I almost feel like Brian is his guardian angel and maybe he is Brian's guardian angel,” Cargo said.

Abused Dog in Iraq Tracks Friendly Soldier 70 Miles - Truveo Video Search

charles mclachlan (1677)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 6:27 pm
hi yes noted it show you how bad it wasand disgusting it was in our local little town in uk newspaper absolutly cruel he wants throwing of.

Jennifer R (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 6:42 pm
How very sad and disturbing. I do hope this soldier (as well as the others with him that participated) is punished without mercy. Individuals that do things like this are demented and sick-in DIRE need of professional help. Another thing that comes to mind is "what comes around, goes around." I would love to be a witness to that!

Jennifer R (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 6:58 pm
How very sad and disturbing. I do hope this soldier (as well as the others with him that participated) is punished without mercy. Individuals that do things like this are demented and sick-in DIRE need of professional help. Another thing that comes to mind is "what comes around, goes around." I would love to be a witness to that!

Janet Davis (233)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 7:39 pm
I really hope they were able to get in touch with this "Marine's" CO. I haven't had much luck on my end, but I'm still pressing. I'm actually meeting with a CID SA from the Army tomorrow to get his take on it. Even if this video IS fake or the puppy was already dead, doesn't matter. He needs to answer for this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 7:56 pm
This isn't how we represent America.I hope he gets court marshalled.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:06 pm
Message from Chris DeRosa
You're going to love this one:)

Brittney B (38)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:08 pm
If I ever met these "soldiers" I would ask them "why?"
How can people be so heartless? This is an example of pure evil.
What the f*ck is wrong with people? Today has been a hard day with bad animal news and my heart feels broken. I'm fighting tears thinking about all the other atrocities that the public will never even know about.

These "soldiers" think they are "big men" for abusing a helpless animal. I think they are pathetic and embarassing. I hope their families and friends see this video. DISGUSTING.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:17 pm
What a sick excuse for a human. And to tape it? Just sickening. I hope he gets what is coming to him in this world and the next! Let's see how much he laughs when he has to explain his behavior when and if he returns home, his family has to live with knowing their son is a National and World wide embarrassment as well as disturbingly cruel, and what his Commanders have to say about it.

Deborah N (37)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:21 pm
but they wouldn't go & see this person cuz he can kick there butts unlike the poor pup...

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:25 pm
Sorry that's DeRose, I'm still shaking this has me so upset.
The coward's name is David Mortari

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 8:29 pm
If there is one of these so called men then rest assured there are a thousand more out there somewhere..................
What goes around will come around to this man & others like them!!


Michael Sandstrom (306)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:09 pm
Noted, also, I am an ex-soldier and these men DO NOT represent the MAJORITY of our military.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:23 pm
I am speechless

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:25 pm
Please tell me that wasn't real

Nancie Barnett (0)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 9:43 pm
my heart just got broken. I am sickened. At least that other solider said his name- i hope the military throws the book at him and all his buddies- they ALL deserve to be thrown in jail and kicked out of the military with a dishonorable discharge!
I hope they show the video to their families to shame them and humilate them to their core.
I am so mad that i want to throw him off a cliff!

Blacktiger P (247)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 10:03 pm
The greatest animal story from the WW2 was the rescue of the Lippizan stallions and mares and foals, the great cowboy roundup and drive to new safe quarters. Now here we have 2 or 3 bad apples who have besmurched the reputation of all. Better to contend with the few in full view of the world than have the whole world look in askance to the authorities for justice of the whole.

Jim Fitch (369)
Tuesday March 4, 2008, 11:06 pm
This is outrageous and criminal behavior. The involved soldier must be investigated and should be charged and receive psychiatric evaluation and counseling. Even if the video turns out to be staged with other than a live puppy, it is dishonorable and has brought disrespect upon the U.S. Military throughout the world.

I would suggest contacting the network news and asking them to continue to investigate and report on this incident. With continued news coverage, hopefully this case will not be disregarded by the military and government.

Here are some contact links and email addresses of the network news:

ABC News:

CBS News: and click on the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page which brings up a feedback form

NBC News:

Fox News:

CNN News:

Thanks for taking action against this behavior!

Karen M (176)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 12:11 am
I don't think there is therapy that helps or changes sociopaths like this. It's still something to do, though. I wouldn't rely on it, is all.
It's good to read the positive stories after seeing this behavior, thanks for posting them. I'm writing to the contacts listed.

Dove Betts (21)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 12:32 am
Stinking, lousy excuse for a human being! I hope they don't let this go and he gets what he deserves.

Dr Kathi A (215)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 12:40 am
This is a despicable act for anyone to commit. Worse, being a Marine, who should keep decorum at all times. He seems to have a sadistic streak. Would think that he needs a ""psych eval". One can only wonder what he has done when not in front of a video cam.... Twisted individuals like this cause a lot of bad PR for the rest of the military members who are doing their service with pride.

Jim Fitch (369)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 12:48 am
Karen M.,

I agree but ya gotta try something. Unfortunately, the courts don't take animal abuse as seriously as it is. There is solid findings that animal cruelty is linked to violence against people. So the guy in this video is probably a ticking bomb just waiting to go off on someone. And I wouldn't want to see another animal harmed by him either.


Lynda H (43)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:31 am
It makes me sick to no anyone could do that. he should be thrown out the has really upset me. Lynda h

Lynda H (43)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:37 am
How could anyone do such a horrendous thing like that to a poor defenceless animal it is sickening. He should be thrown out the army. it has really upset me. Lynda H

ingrid lindo (3)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 4:02 am
TO JULIS S,you can find the puppy killing soldier video on the site-go to CNNN news site from there.if you cannot find it then email me I've saved it in my favourites will send it to you if you still want it

Marisa Sebastian (130)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 5:06 am
Thank you James, for the news and the petition. Noted, signed and commented.

This is sick beyond words. After the heart-warming stories of both sides helping each other (soldiers helping dogs and taking them home, and dogs saving soldiers' lives), it´s very saddening to hear about this. A true example of a man with no balls. He and his mates should get court-marshalled, dishonorally discharged, and anything else the army can do to punish scum like him. He's not fit to be representing a country, as he's a criminal and belongs in jail. I daren't imagine what he would do to prisoners of war if he got his filthy hands on any, as he clearly enjoys torturing and murdering. To jail with him, set an example for others and clean the name of other soldiers who are not like him.

Patricia H (90)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 5:25 am
What exactly are our soldiers doing over there? Killing innocent puppies? Throwing rocks and torturing crippled dogs? Something needs to be done about this. The heartless piece of crap on that video, and everyone else involved, should be hunted down and punished in any way possible for this crime. This is not the kind of "person" I want to represent my country. That is for damn sure.

Pamela WILLIS (179)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 5:57 am
This really makes me sick. And we are supposed to respect these guys.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:21 am
That psycho must love being in Iraq where he can kill all he wants to, in any way he wants to....BUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN HE COMES HOME????? He isn't going to stop. Not with the evil grin and laughter he showed as the puppy cried all the way to its death. (which I can still hear). He needs to be locked up away from children, animals, all those he sees as victims for his humor. I think it is safe to say he has been this way since he was a child, torturing and killing small animals. He most likely enlisted for the sole reason of his getting a chance to kill humans. He got a taste of it, and he really likes it, so what is to stop him from continuing if he returns to the States? He has no conscience. Luckily for the Courts he was ignorant enough to do it on tape for all to see, or it would have gone unnoticed and unpunished. The tape proves he is sick and proud of it, and I pray it is enough evidence to lock him away from humanity. Along with his equally sick sidekick.

Danielle W (75)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:55 am
If this turns out to be real, can we throw him over a cliff?

Bill F. (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:58 am
More on this guy:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 7:36 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 7:38 am

Go to this link-
Not only will you find our "friend" there - BUT his friends as well -

Drive by Shooting of Sheep - listen to the laughter in the background - You also pay for the bullets!!
Service men throwing rocks at a poor dog with both hind legs broken to make the dog finally leave walking on his front legs only - "The funniest thing I have ever seen ...."


Elli Monk (46)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 7:43 am
In the new film "The valley Of Elah," it shows how sick and perverted some of the young soldiers are becoming.Where this type of act is perfectly acceptable behavior! Even murder-just like it is nothing!
This is a perfect example.

Kim B (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:06 am
I assume this puppy died? I hope the soldier gets his the same way.

Beth Tatum (95)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:17 am
This is disgusting. I am always stunned by the cruelty some people are capable of. Maybe I shouldn't be anymore.

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:23 am
Makes me sick to my stomach...i say an eye for an least the Soldiers can have a voice...poor animals...all they are probably looking for is love and food...not to be tortured...SICK

Kim B (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:28 am
There are too many sick people out there that hurt animals. We should show no mercy.

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:31 am

Jennifer R (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 8:33 am
The puppy WAS NOT dead, see David's Myspace page-it is not private. There are two pages that come up when you search his name, the first is one that someone else set up & the other is his own, "explaining" his deplorable actions. He explains that the pup was "sick" and going to die anyway & that they usually shoot animals, but he was feeling "creative" that day & decided to hurl the puppy over the cliff. Absolutely disgusting and sad.

Mark S (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:08 am
well, you know what they say... an eye for an eye... let's throw him off a cliff and see how he likes it... i know, we will do it when he is sick and feeling vulnerable... that way he can truly experience what the puppy did... no excuses for this so why is J.O. trying to create sympathy?

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:12 am
I saw this clip among a few others on my local news in Toronto...i cried for hours last night. This is what we see happening, imagine what they are doing that we dont know about.
I hope that there isnt a soul that watches those videos and thinks it is funny...i don't want to think that there are more heartless bastards out there...

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:20 am
Join the MILITARY TIMES "community forums" and let them know how you feel about "military training" and animal cruelty:

Jim Fitch (369)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:32 am
His MySpace page is still up at:

On the front page is this comment by him:
"David's Blurbs

About me:

I want to clear somethings up before tomarrow. This might be hard to believe but I am sorry about the dog. At the time I just really didn't care. When you are constantly under fire sometimes people develope a different sence of humor than what others are used to. That video was from over a year ago and i dont know who put it out there but it wasn't me. It has been a real hard day. I don't know how they got my information but someone got all my information and i had to disconnect my parents and my womans phone. not to mention i had to redo my myspace because it got hacked. I just want this to end.

Who I'd like to meet:

Someone who gets what i'm going through"

Blue Bunting (855)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:43 am
Let the MILITARY know how you feel:

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 10:23 am
I hope it has been a hard day for him...i hope that there are many hard days for him...he would like to meet someone who gets what he is going through???
I understand about the being in combat...but that is NO EXCUSE for cruelty to any living creature...INNOCENT LIVING CREATURES...humans and animals alike...
I bet the puppy that was falling down a rocky cliff didnt even want this to happen...and David just wants this to end...
Consequences David, consequences...
I hope he reads these comments...I truly do...

Lisa K (89)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 10:45 am
I'm sorry, but I don't believe him (the soldier). Remember the saying about the thief who got caught? He wasn't sorry at all he stole, just sorry he got caught. Jim, that MySpace comment seems to have the sentiment to me.
My husband was in the First Division of the Marine Corps during WWII. He spent 28 months in the South Pacific Theater (3 years total in the corps). He was in some horrible battles: Guadalcanal, Pelalu, New Guinea, New Britain, Cape Glouster. These were demoralizing and horrific battles. He "earned" two purple hearts, and a myriad of other medals.
My husband came away from the experience with a deep respect and appreciation for life: ALL life. His heart is tender and his love of children (he became a teacher) and voiceless creatures defines him.
He related to the scene in "Deer Hunter" when Robert DeNiro came back from Vietnam and could NOT kill the deer. His sympathy with the character was so complete, he had to leave the theater in tears.
No, this sick soldier's sadism was always in him. I would guess that he pulled the wings off butterflies when he was little, and burned ants with a magnifying glass. Nobody with a heart could do what he did to a fellow Earthling.

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 10:54 am i feel for and have the utmost respect for your husband to have battled and won in life...all life...he sounds like an amazing human being...God Bless him.
That is why I just cant even bring myself to imagine what makes people do the cruel things that they do...i am completely devastated...i cant even look at the puppy...

Sheila G (267)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 11:57 am
From what news coverage I have seen his career is over. And he has the nerve to whine about it? He's lucky not to get thrown off a cliff, I hear that's popular over there. How about some military "street" justice ;D

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 11:58 am
the so called soldier who threw a puppy to its death should be taken ou of service with no pay and exposed named and shamed to the whole world i mean if he can do that to a dog whats he doing to the people over there sick horrible man ,what goes around comes around !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jennifer R (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 12:48 pm
Mark S~I do hope that you were not referring to me when you said why is J.O trying to create sympathy! FAR FROM IT! I was directing everyone to his Myspace page so that they would understand that there is now NO question who this Marine is, and whether or not the clip was a fake, etc.I am one of the biggest animal rights activists you will ever meet!

Mara G (411)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:00 pm
Few things make me steaming mad anymore because of the countless senseless acts that I've witnessed, but this video is so cruel and heartless that 10 years in prison would not satisfy me. Court Martial and Dishonorable Discharge at the very least!! We don't need psychopaths representing America, and this is a good example of what war does to a young mind. I wonder "who" else has suffered at the hands of these 2 people??? Posted on all my sites!

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:02 pm

Major Chris Perrine the one in charge of the
scum David Motari@!.... phone number 808 257-8841

Brigadier General Robert E. Milstead, Jr.
Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs
Division of Public Affairs - Command Element
CMC (PA), Headquarters Marine Corps
3000 Marine Corps; Pentagon 4B548
Washington, DC 20350-3000
ph: 703-614-1492/4080/8010; fax: 703-697-5362

General Michael Hagee, 33rd Commandant of the Marine Corps
ph: 703-614-1034; fax: 703-614-2358

Colonel Mark A. Dungan, Commanding Officer
Richard A. Kirby GS12, Staff Secretary
Office of the Commanding Officer
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; MCBH Kaneohe Bay, HI 96863-3002
ph: DSN-457-8877, 808-257-8877

Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Public Affairs Office
c/o Community Relations Section
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Box 63002; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863-3002
ph: 808-257-8840, 808-257-8875

SAMPLE LETTER -- This letter is prepared to inform you about the issue.
Try to shorten and personalize your letter before sending.

United States Defense Leaders and Marine Corps:

Thank you for addressing the Marines recently videotaped taunting a
defenseless puppy. I urge you to aggressively investigate this crime and
take prompt punitive action.

As you know, a man identified as David Motari dangles a black and white dog
by the scruff of the neck, cooing: "Cute little puppy." Another unnamed
soldier baby-talks: "Ah, so cute, so cute...little puppy." To the horror of
global Internet viewers, Motari then hurls the animal over a cliff into a
rocky gulch. The dog, who looks about 12 weeks old, squeals while flying
through the air. We hear a thud below, signifying the dog's certain death.

"That was mean Motari," the unknown Marine jokes. Motari shrugs and grins.

The question is not WHO the victim is, but WHAT is done to him or her.
Criminologists view the brutality of an act, regardless of the victim's
identity, as a precursor to future violence. Animal cruelty is a key trait
in the American Psychiatric Association's criterion for conduct disorders.
David Motari displays characteristics associated with sociopaths.

I respectfully ask the Military Police Department of Hawaii, where Motari is
stationed, to conduct a thorough probe. If Motari and other suspects are
apprehended, please advocate maximum penalties for aggravated cruelty and
intentional killing of a companion animal. Certainly, Motari and his
accomplice ought to undergo psychological counseling.

This is not the first video leak of soldiers tormenting animals in Iraq. I
hope this case prompts Defense Department officials to make regulatory
changes for animals in war zones. Specifically, I encourage the DOD to:
* Insert an anti-cruelty clause in the Universal Code of Military Justice.
* Utilize non-lethal vaccination to cope with rabies in war zones.
* Permit soldiers to bring vetted pets back to the U.S. with them.

The men in the video do not represent other brave men and women who serve
our country. This is all the more reason to pursue rigorous judicial action
against the few who sully America's moral repute.

Thank you for holding animal abusers accountable for their violent crimes.


DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:11 pm
Major Chris Perrine Person In Charge Of The SCUM

PHONE NUMBER 808 257-8841

Mara G (411)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:14 pm
Thank you Daphne, sent letters under my letterhead in hopes of getting some attention on this.

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:41 pm
Due to a high volume of e-mails I may not be able to respond individually to every message. A video of a Marine mistreating a puppy gained widespread attention on the Internet Monday. The video is shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine. This video came to our attention Monday morning, and we have initiated an investigation. We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action. The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties in an honorable manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave. If your e-mail is regarding another issue I will respond as soon as I can. V/r,Maj Perrine

Heidi O (6)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 1:58 pm
What is humane about throwing a beautiful loving puppy from a cliff??? Is he for real? I am even more angry because of this statement on his blog...there is nothing funny about any of this...dammit, i am mad.

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 2:20 pm

Roxann C (398)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 3:12 pm
All involved should be fined and jailed. Punish the GUILTY!

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 3:17 pm

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Chrissy K (30)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 3:54 pm
this world has no use for a mother f**ker like that. I would have shot him right in his head. I am so sick of seeing people abuse animals, they have no right to live after that, and I want to be the one to take their life away after the extreme torture I would inflict on them. Sorry if that offends anyone but I don't care. Screw fines & a little bit of jail time, its not enough. Animals are living beings just like we are and have just as much of a right to live as we do, and when somebody takes that life, there's should also be taken.

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 4:57 pm
This is how our military people act? This is what they look for? I am so sick and tired of the violence against innocent creatures that my faith in human animals is really flatering. Why in the name of heaven didn't they lock this sick bastard up? why didn;t anyone stop him? And the nut videoing this needs his behind smacked as well. No one stopped him, but they sure stood by and watched him do it. Shame...shame..shame.

marjorie Zimmerman (2)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 5:16 pm
A court martial, a dishonorable discharge and hard jail time would still not be enough punishment for such a cruel, cold-blooded act! Perhaps they should be thrown off the Grand Canyon, while animal slovers gather around and laugh...

Pauline A (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 5:24 pm
I hope he pays for what he did...

Sheila G (267)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:37 pm
What does that mean, it was just a stray? Open season? They don't feel fear and pain? That sick S.O.B. this animal was alive, it had a mother, it counted as much in this world as he does. Orphans were treated the same way and still are in some areas. Just stray children to be used, abused and murdered by anyone cruel enough, by anyone with such a lack of self esteem that the only way they can feel good about their worthless existence is by harming a defenseless life. He best pray he is never looked at that way, just an extra life that no one really needs around.

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:40 pm
written by a friend of David Motari's who served with him:

The dog, along with other dogs, was killed because it could have given away their position to the enemy. It was also likely disease-ridden, maybe had rabies. You guy s don't know , you weren't there , you have no right to second guess what he did. We should just be grateful that we have young men like him who are willing to risk their young lives to protect our great nation and our freedoms. You sit on your asses living in comfort and whine and criticize those who are in harm's way.It stops right now.

I just wish I could shake this young man's hand and say "thank you for your service and sacrifice." He's served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan ... what have YOU done?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 6:53 pm
this is a very sick video..i don't care if the dog is dead or not..they should not have done that!!! I can not believe these are the same ones protecting our country and our rights..they need to be disciplined and maybe even thrown over the cliff themselves and see how they like it!!!! I appreciate everything this young man has done for us but it seems like he was enoying the fact of throwing this poor thing over the cliff and that is the part I did not like!!!!

DAPHNE D (286)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 7:11 pm
ABC News Runs Defense For Puppy Killer

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 7:42 pm
Mortari the puppy killers supposed friend saying the puppy could have given away their posistion? Those jerks laughing and making jokes, and the puppy's final cries as it was thrown off the cliff could have done that. And they were obviously in NO danger since they had a video camera, were very relaxed, and were obviously goofing off. That is the biggest line of B.S. I have ever heard. Do not think we are as ignorant as you would like to believe we are. Disease ridden? RABIES? A dog has to be old enough to have teeth to bite you with to give you Rabies! And we DO know, we all saw the tape, and we have no reason to second guess what was so apparently clear! And oh yes, we are so much safer with David Mortari on the job clearing puppies out of the way while real heros clear land mines out of the roads. You do not know any of us, and there are no videos of us making childish remarks of "the cute little puppy" before throwing it crying for its life off a cliff, then laughing like silly idiots about it. I read what your buddy wrote on his MySpace profile and he said he is sorry he killed the puppy but that he really did NOT care. His words. Maybe you should call him and get your stories straight. He also stated on his MySpace profile that the tape is over a year old and he does not know how it got out, because he did not want it to get out. That proves he knows what he did was wrong and did not want anyone to see what he did. Yet, it was not enough to stop him from doing it. I guess he wanted the tape for his own home viewing enjoyment. He also blames killing the puppy that terrified him so much, on the stress of being in a fricking hoo...he signed up for it. If an animal is possibly going to give away ones posistion in combat, you have other options than taking the time to get your video camera and make a huge joke out of it. Your pal is just upset because he got caught, and now he has to face up to it. Each day that passes, thousands more people are becoming aware of what he and his buddies did and it was dispicable and sickenly cruel. I want him in prison where he belongs and for a very long time. He has shown no honor, no discipline, and no heart. He is shaming our Country, and endangering the saftey of our decent Troops by making them all look bad in the worlds eyes. You say you want to shake his hand? Go right ahead, but don't be standing near any cliffs when you do.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 5, 2008, 9:34 pm

and now there syng its fake!!! cn u belive that........

Inger L (20)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 12:01 am
This idiot Mortari and his pals are representing the USA Army and the American people. If they can do something as horrible as this, what else can they do to God's creations?

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 12:20 am
After trying to leave a comment on this arrogeant persons myspace page...I have become tired and fed up by his self rightious attitude. His comments are selfish, and have no compassion for anyone but himself. His tone, and comments show quite evident that he feels nothing for the pain he caused then, and no pain he will cause in the future.

I have to say this with the heart of a parent.

Son, you have to get off your selfish throne right now. You can make all the excuses you want until the cows come home....that is all they will ever be.
When you picked up that precious became a life in in your hands. You became responsible for its living brathing life. You can make up and lie in your head that you want to...but it never will be separated from the actions you committed on that day you picked its precious life up in your hands. When you use your anger against us, those that care...your impulse reaction is to hit us in the face with your hate and anger.
If you have gotten this far in life son, with this better hope that there is someone out ther in the world looking out for you.
Becasue as you sit rightnow son, you have a sorry ass ezcuse as a human being. Your loud, hard, harsh words telling everyone to "GET OVER IT", gains you nothing. It gains you only the hard place in hell,.
Your actions will follow you forever. And the onlyway you will ever gain self respect after you violent, hateful acts is by asking the powers that teach you the love, compassion and empathy thatyour have made a choice to ignore.
HSUS >> Pets >> Pets Related News and Events

U.S. Military Treats Stray Dogs and Cats Befriended by Troops as Enemies of the State

May 27, 2005
©2005 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
By Bernard Unti
During the Civil War, it was Sallie, Jack, Grace, Old Harvey, York, and Major. During World War I, it was Blanco, Joffre, Queenie, Smoke, Stubby, and Verdun Belle. Today, in the distant war zones of Iraq, it’s Bashur, Lava, and Ratchet. They are the dogs of war, pets and mascots of American soldiers who have rescued and cared for animals trapped in the chaos and tumult of human conflict.

Already, however, the biographies of Bashur, Lava, and Ratchet read differently from those of their storied predecessors. That’s because the pets and mascots of Baghdad and Fallujah are fugitives—escapees from a military order that requires the killing of animals harbored by American soldiers in combat zones. The goodhearted service members are no less culpable in the eyes of military brass; those who breach the policy on pets face the threat of serious punishment, including reduction in rank and court-martial.

The Order: Shoot and Kill

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General Order 1-A (GO-1A), a set of regulations promulgated by the U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) in late 2000, seems a strange place for a prohibition on the keeping of animals. The regulations prohibit conduct “prejudicial to the maintenance of good order and discipline of all forces.” But Americans, be they in Baghdad, Beaufort, Billings, or Boston, all know the same truth. The bond between humans and animals does not compromise character or morale. It enhances them.

The other provisions of GO-1A make some sense from the perspective of morale and discipline. It forbids alcohol in nations where its use is frowned upon; bars soldiers from entering sites of religious significance except under special order; bans drug use, pornography, and gambling; bars religious proselytizing; and criminalizes the theft or destruction of archaeological artifacts or national treasures and the taking of souvenirs.

Taking stock, it doesn’t seem likely that history will look kindly upon those denizens of the Pentagon who thought to include pet keeping on this list of offenses. Certainly, the policy didn’t sit well with soldiers who came up against it.

During the first quarter of 2005, The HSUS heard from many service members in Iraq, seeking intervention in the fate of rescued animals, mostly dogs, in danger of being confiscated and killed by military authorities. Soldiers confirmed that the U.S. government had hired contractors to kill dogs found on American bases in Iraq. Some military units were also ordered to shoot animals on sight.

On March 29, HSUS CEO and President Wayne Pacelle sent a letter to Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, asking him to rescind GO-1A’s prohibition on the keeping of animals. Wrote Pacelle: “In our view, it is the policy of confiscating and destroying unit mascots and rescued animals who have become pets, via euthanasia or gunshot, that may undermine the spirit of our fighting men and women.”

Pacelle’s letter challenged Secretary Rumsfeld to authorize the shipment home of healthy, vaccinated, sterilized, and veterinary-certified animals (one per soldier, one time only) on a bi-weekly or a monthly basis from the war zone. He also pledged The HSUS’s assistance with the operation of a veterinary depot at one stateside location, where animals could be picked up by designated family members and friends of military personnel. Finally, Pacelle offered the help of The HSUS’s international division, Humane Society International, with the planning and execution of strategies for humane animal care and control institutions in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the other combat zone where GO-1A is being rigorously enforced.

Rumsfeld sent no reply. But such a solution is well within the capacity of the U.S. military, which already permits the shipment of working animals on Department of Defense (DoD) aircraft. Because the DoD relies heavily on bomb, mine, and sentry dogs, there are numerous veterinarians and caretakers present in the Iraq theater, fully equipped to provide suitable care, treatment, and pre-shipment examinations.

The Public Health Rationale

Although the destruction of animals is being carried out under GO-1A, public health concerns are the true rationale. “The medical officers don’t want us touching or associating with the strays, because of the potential spread of disease,” one service member reported to The HSUS. The soldier’s assessment was validated by a widely circulated December 2004 Agence France-Press account of marines chasing down stray animals that they believed were battening on corpses in Fallujah, with orders to shoot-to-kill.

In February 2005, the Air Force blamed a stray dog taken in by a group of civilian contractors, presumably in Iraq, for an episode that saw 56 individuals treated for potential exposure to rabies. Sometime after the contractors took him in, the dog developed rabies, biting a few people during a four-day period. The dog died shortly after quarantine, and tested positive for rabies. Military officials made a very public fuss about the costs of post-exposure prophylaxis in this case, linking it directly to the necessity of enforcing GO-1A.

Historically, rabies has not been a major public health issue in Iraq. Between 1989 and 2000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were just 27 positive cases of rabies in dogs and just one case in another domestic animal. One military deployment web site indicates that there were 31 reported cases in Iraq in 1996, and an unverifiable news account from late 2004 suggested that there had been as many as 61 cases in Al Anbar province before the American invasion of Iraq.

However many cases there were, the DoD should have directed the money spent on contractors for killing dogs and cats toward the purchase, shipment and distribution of rabies vaccine—a much more promising prophylactic against any risk that animals may pose to Americans and Iraqis alike.

Unfortunately, both animals and our military personnel are victims of the DoD’s failure to make a realistic assessment of the threat posed by rabies and the proper public health response. The mass killing of dogs is common in many parts of the world, but emerging evidence suggests that only intensive vaccination campaigns can successfully curtail or eradicate the outbreak and incidence of rabies.

In a November 2004 medical journal article, five international public health specialists argued that “massive culling of the dog population, without an intensive vaccination campaign of the survivors, will not arrest an outbreak.” Even the DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center’s own fact sheet specifies vaccination of urban dog and cat populations as the standard approach.

That USCENTCOM has apparently ignored this common-sense solution hints at a certain lack of imagination and initiative, in addition to the lack of will and kind spirit at the top of the command structure.

It’s not too late for the DoD to start anew, however. What the Pentagon should do is get a protocol together, involving pre-exposure prophylaxis for those who routinely handle animals as well as recommended procedures for those trying to restrain or collect them as part of legitimate animal control activities. The risk created by shipping pets to the United States could be minimized by requiring that no animals be sent from Iraq or Afghanistan unless vaccinated at least 30 days prior to entry and placed in an extended stateside quarantine for further observation.

For the average soldier, the DoD should start with the same advice given to schoolchildren in the United States. No one should approach a dog or cat who is behaving strangely or aggressively, or drooling at the mouth. If an animal is behaving normally, and in a friendly manner, that animal is probably not rabid. The animals taken in by soldiers are more likely to fall within this latter category, and if a soldier decides to make a friend of such a creature, he or she should immediately apply for a vaccine to cement that friendship and make it a safer one.

AWOL from GO-1A

The refugees from GO-1A have unique stories, but share one thing in common. They have already made it to the United States—on the strength of someone’s will and ingenuity, and sympathy.

There is Bashur, who, nursed back to health by an army major, left Kirkuk, Iraq for a home in Illinois. Bashur rode 640 miles in a crate as part of a military convoy, all the way to Kuwait.

There is Lava, a filthy, flea-bitten mutt found by Marines in Fallujah, whose rescuer, a lieutenant colonel, worked with a reporter, the Helen Woodward Animal Center, and others to get Lava to Jordan, and then to California.

There is Ratchet, the subject of an Animal Cops: Houston profile that focused on one Texas soldier who went the extra mile—and then some—in his efforts to send home a puppy he befriended.

Unfortunately, the principal routes of escape in Iraq’s canine “underground railroad” have steadily been closed off, most notably the one that led through Jordan, a 10-hour trip across Iraq’s western desert. Not long ago, citing health risks, Jordan decided to prohibit the entry of additional dogs from Iraq.

If there is any silver lining in the fabric of this war’s impact on animals, it is the founding of the Iraqi Society for Animal Welfare by a group of Iraqi citizens and members of the 1st Armored Division and V corps. Chief among the founders is Iraqi veterinarian Farah Murrani, who met up with American military veterinarians while working at the Baghdad Zoo, which was ravaged by wartime looting in the weeks following the American invasion. Dr. Murrani attended HSI's international workshops at The HSUS Animal Care Expo in 2005. Unfortunately, ISAW is presently inactive as their work became too dangerous amidst the continuing conflict.

An Rx for Morale

An army may march on its stomach, but it survives on its morale. Whatever its motivations for the confiscation and killing of animals, our government should do more to reconcile the imperatives of public health and safety with the humane instincts of its military personnel. The keeping of animals by soldiers is an American tradition, one that should be honored and celebrated. In this sense, GO-1A is a grim “about-face.”

The U.S. government ought to do whatever it reasonably can to encourage and sustain the morale of our fighting men and women. Given all that we know about the mental health benefits of keeping companion animals, why not strive for a kinder and better solution for the soldiers who risk their lives each day? But there is an even larger purpose at issue. The military’s current draconian approach is inconsistent with its own actions in helping to build an animal shelter to anchor the new animal welfare organization in Iraq. By honoring our soldiers’ compassionate inclinations, we can set a better example for Iraqis who, it is to be hoped, will embrace animal welfare as an important element in the reconstruction of civil society in their nation.

As for Secretary Rumsfeld and other sponsors of the prohibition on pets and mascots, they might do well to ponder the declaration of Napoleon, saved by a Newfoundland dog after falling overboard during an attempt to escape exile on the island of Elba. “Here, gentlemen,” the ex-Emperor observed, “a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity.”

What You Can Do

Tell the Department of Defense to reverse military policy about pet keeping among U.S. troops. Tell them that a policy that includes a vaccination campaign would not only be good for public health, but also good for soldier morale.

Bernard Unti, senior policy advisor and special assistant to the president, received his doctorate in U.S. history in 2002 from American University. His book, Protecting All Animals: A Fifty-Year History of The Humane Society of the United States, is available from Humane Society Press.

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U.S. Military Animal Policies in Iraq


Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 2:50 am
They got that thing on auto pilot don't they:)

I will be out of the office for the remainder of the week but will continue to monitor email on my Blackberry. For those emailing me concerning the video of a Marine mistreating a puppy, I can tell you that this video is both shocking and deplorable - these actions are contrary to the high standards we expect from our Marines. The Marine Corps has initiated an investigation; we do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 2:50 am
I am failing to see, why, with 8 million members on Care2, less than 300 have bothered to note this story and take action.....?????

Cole Cordray (45)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 3:28 am
This has to be one of the most disgusting cowardly acts I have ever witnessed. I am a Vietnam vet, and have seen a lot of things, but this takes the prize for sheer cowardice. This man is not a member of my marines. I want him out and punished.

Lorna S (0)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 5:27 am
The blood thirsty b******* - they need throwing off the cliff as well - bloody cowards - I bet they are the first to run if a shot if fired.

Lisa K (89)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 5:51 am
I agree with Sheila G and Julie L.: The defense mechanisms that these two idiots are imploying are numerous. I recognize Denial, rationalization, reaction-formation and substitution. Something Sheila G said triggered a horrible memory from a few years ago. The homeless children in Rio de Janeiro are numerous. Some as young as 5 years old. The "police" were using the children as target practice. What I am remembering is that their excuses seem to mirror those of these two morons. They basically said that they had to shoot the children because there were so many of them, and they were so hungry that they'd begun robbing the tourists! Can you believe that?
Again, this is not a reflection of the majority of our service men and women. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller was the most decorated Marine in US history, and quite the animal lover. He was absolutely delighted to hear that the 8 year old daughter of one of his officers named her hamster "Chesty" Puller.
A wonderful group called Best Friends Netowrk is sponsoring a program called Adopt-A-Warrior & Pet. It pairs amputee soldiers with tripod dogs and cats for inspiration and encouragement. Please visit the website

Lisa K (89)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 6:09 am
To James O, Cathy C, and Daphne D.:
Thank you so much for bringing this video to our attention, and for all the research in keeping us imformed. I especailly appreciate the helpful email addresses you that were posted so that we could all make our voices heard. Good job!

Victoria Chapman (53)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 8:42 am
When I saw this brief video on the news, I was terribly upset and quite disgusted that a human being of adult mentality had not only done such an atrocious thing, but to also have others bear witness and have the gall to video tape the vile act is terribly unjustified. Is this what our military is teaching with regard to respecting life and creating "emotionless killing machines"? I would hope that the military takes action to address this behavior.

Blue Bunting (855)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 11:32 am
Keep the pressure on ... make sure these abusers are disciplined!!!

This is from the USMC press release; let them know how you feel:

If you have a comment regarding this incident we encourage you to visit our Web site and leave a comment or concern at and click on the e-mail link. Incoming statements and comments will be compiled in a database for use in this situation.

The military is asking for your cards, letters, emails to "build a database" ... against these individuals ... speak up for the voiceless!

ingrid lindo (3)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 1:09 pm
since I've seen that video and posted my comment i have gotten so many respones ,that icould never respond to each and everyone.I read one from a Julie L.,today that says the idiot that taped the video,claims it happened 1 year ago and he doesn't care what any of us think and she also says he has a webpage that he speaks about it on? I don't care if it was a second ago or even 10 years ago,it was a video that should have neva been shot and most certainly never shown on You-tube or any where else.I suspect that he was the one that put it out there so what does that say about HIM?he also tries to justify what they did by saying that lil puppy would have given theiir position up?I'm sure they did that with all the manical laughter and ignorant behaviour,how unfortunate that there wasn't an Iraqiaround (maybe the owner of that pup )with a big GUNthen we wouldn't have seen their chidish display but a play by play of their demise.Too BAD.But the people are ashamed not of the majority of good soldiers doing their duty with honor and discipline,but of the small minority of a--holes that have a sick sense of humor......I await with bated breath for the outcome and I will be posting comments on all the websites provided by Jim F.News Websites I may add.And thanks to all that wrote ,may the Iraqi people see that we as a whole have compassion and love for even that little PUPPY.

DAPHNE D (286)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 2:22 pm
Marine Corps Base Hawaii statement of Internet video of Marine with puppy-START MAILING !

The video images depicting a United States Marine abusing a puppy are disturbing and contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine.

This matter is currently under investigation to confirm the authenticity of the video and the persons responsible for the video. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be reviewed by each Marine’s commander who will determine the appropriate action to take in each case.

In the event that any Marine is charged with an offense, he will be afforded the constitutional and due process protections guaranteed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

If you would like to leave a comment for Marine Corps Base Hawaii please click on the link provided below. Your statement will be complied in a database for use regarding this situation.

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 3:48 pm
Killing becomes SO easy, what happens when they come home? I hope his family is Proud of their Little Soldier..:(

Loralii KSKWolf (102)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 3:55 pm
Disgrace to our soldiers!! Noted and signed!!

Amanda Wrege (13)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 4:30 pm
It's appaulling.

Notied and petition signed.

DAPHNE D (286)
Thursday March 6, 2008, 9:59 pm
Message From Chris DeRose On Soldier Video-Thank you Chris~

Pattie P (0)
Friday March 7, 2008, 6:35 am

. (0)
Friday March 7, 2008, 9:08 am
I for one I'm so out raged at this!!! I for one would like to take this person and throw him over a cliff myself!!! This innocentt pup does not deserve this. I'm ashamed of these men who claim be be American's for to me they are not. They are no better than terriorst!!!!. They need to be proscuted to the fullest extent. How dare them!!!

Tj H (14)
Saturday March 8, 2008, 7:14 pm
Signed & noted .... there are just so many stories linked to this disgusting act of barbaric inhumanity my fingers are getting sore from typing, but I'll wear them to the knuckles if it'll save another animal from this treatment & see this man in the HELL he deserves!!!

Tj H (14)
Saturday March 8, 2008, 7:42 pm
8,984 signatures! and climbing still

annette weakley (0)
Sunday March 9, 2008, 8:08 pm
horrible, that is not all their doing visit here scroll down and watch videos.....

Cynthia S (22)
Monday March 10, 2008, 3:06 am
This kind of sh*t pisses me off.

Dusty K (1339)
Monday March 10, 2008, 9:39 am
I received a copy of his blog that he admits what he did (along with comments with regards to other soldiers and their actions towards other animals, one being shot in the stomach.) Cannot post here as the words would get me banned from is a recent post......

Zelda D (216)
Monday March 10, 2008, 5:41 pm
why in the hell would you do something like that. what does that accomplish.

Bill T. (0)
Thursday March 13, 2008, 4:01 pm
has the military confirmed the authinticity of this video, it looks incredably fake. and i noticed most of you are genralizing the soldiers, one a-hole doesnt mean they're all monsters

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday March 14, 2008, 12:39 am
Press Release - Marine Corps continues investigation into animal cruelty video
Contact: Marine Corps Base Hawaii Public Affairs

Release # 0304-08-1247
Marine Corps continues investigation into animal cruelty video
March 5, 2008

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Oahu -- Marine Corps Base Hawaii continues to investigate a video of a Marine mistreating a puppy that gained widespread attention on the internet Monday. The content of the video is deplorable and contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine at home and abroad.

MCBH learned of the video Monday morning and immediately began an investigation to confirm the authenticity of the video and the persons responsible for the video. The investigation will be thorough and will examine each person involved. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be reviewed by each Marine's commander who will determine the appropriate action to take in each case.

No charges have been filed at this time. In the event that any Marine is charged with an offense, he will be afforded the constitutional and due process protections guaranteed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties in an honorable and compassionate manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave.

If you have a comment regarding this incident we encourage you to visit our Web site and leave a comment or concern at and click on the e-mail link. Incoming statements and comments will be compiled in a database for use in this situation.


On Friday, March 7, the ASPCA issued a press release urging the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to release the findings of its investigation of a video clip that appeared last week on several popular Internet sites. The grainy video shows a member of the military—seemingly a Marine—flinging a puppy across a rocky landscape. The video caused public outcry, and was featured on television news programs and covered by major news agencies, including the Associated Press. Although audio irregularities have caused some question about the video’s authenticity, the USMC has gone on record, deeming its content "deplorable" in a March 5 statement.

“The ASPCA understands and shares the outrage generated by this video,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “With 66 percent of American households owning pets, we are clearly a country and a society that values the human-animal bond. It is horrifying that a member of the United States military—a body of people tasked with upholding the honor of our country—would perform such a cruel and deliberate act against a defenseless animal.”

The ASPCA also urged concerned citizens to contact the USMC to voice their outrage. Response to our release by humanitarians nationwide was enormous—and prompted communication from BGen Robert E. Milstead, Jr., Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs. “I have a dog and a cat, both rescued, so I can understand the disgust and outrage felt by those who have viewed the deplorable video of a Marine throwing a small puppy off a cliff,” writes BGen Milstead. “I can tell you that an official investigation is underway. The results of this investigation will establish the facts. Facts, not emotion, will be the basis used by these Marines' commanders in their determinations to include appropriate punishment. The actions of these Marines are clearly not consistent with that of the overwhelming majority of Marines who serve our nation with both courage and honor. Again, I understand everyone's outrage and demand for swift justice, but due process is a right afforded to all.”

If you have not already done so and wish to comment on the incident, the USMC encourages you to contact the Public Affairs Office of Marine Corps Base Hawaii (where the Marine believed to be in the video is stationed) at

Leslie A (2)
Friday March 14, 2008, 6:30 pm
I was hurt when I read about the marine who threw the puppy over the cliff. I am disappointed that no kind of disciplinary action has been taken towards this marine. He should be a shammed to even label himself as a "marine" I hope there will be some kind of action taken. This is cruel. What a heartless act! "What do Marines really stand for?" It is extremely disappointing! Many people might be outraged as I am b/c we have hearts and can put ourselves in the shoes of the puppy being thrown over the cliff. The facts will determine the appropriate punishment quoted in the ASPCA article......what more facts do you need besides what is in the video??? Many people are getting away with abuse and murder of animals don't let this case show that the Marines will just give a slap on the wrist. Let this be taken serious! All persons involved including person who video taped it need to be punished!!! I hope you treat this case very seriously! Don't just give a small punishment because it was a dog................IMPORTANT THING IS IT WAS A LIFE !!!!!

Dan Johnson (0)
Sunday March 16, 2008, 1:50 pm

Deborah C (247)
Tuesday April 1, 2008, 11:19 am
I always phone my fiancee in Australia at a specific time each day but, yesterday I phoned her an hour late because I was so angry after reading the puppy story.

She knows I don't get angry very often and wanted to know what was wrong. I couldn't tell her the story because I knew it would upset her a lot. Her Mother died suddenly a couple of months ago and she's still dealing with her grief. All I said was it was something on Care2 about USA Marines and I wasn't going to upset her with it.

I've signed the petition and sent copies of the email to all my friends (not on this site) so they can do it too.

Suzanne W (33)
Friday June 13, 2008, 10:50 am
noted i thought i was going to throw up ,
twisted bxxxxxds

Nature M (13)
Friday June 20, 2008, 2:46 pm
This is so very horrible! My brother is a US Marine and he would NEVER even THINK about doing ANYTHING like that!! The Few, The Proud, The Brave? Yeah.... Right.... All I see are a bunch of horrible A-Holes with no souls! It's just a little puppy! What did the puppy do to them?!? This make's me sick..... I burst into tears while watching it..... I just cannot even IMAGINE anyone being so totally cruel! I hope those guy's get into serious trouble! A Life's A Life.... No matter how small.... -Natty

Nicole L (0)
Friday June 20, 2008, 9:32 pm
What are the Marines for? What is the military for? You, the Marines, and the entire military, represent us, the people, not yourselves or your desires! You give up your right to be an individual when you join the military, do you not? And you know this because you find this out in boot camp! You wanna be an asshole and throw an innocent living being off a cliff, well guess what, there's plenty of us Americans who employ your stupid ass that want to throw you off a cliff, and possibly including those that mean the most to you. Maybe if you knew this consequence beforehand, you would've never considered such an inhumane, cowardly, and heartless crime. I mean, were you thinking of us, the people you are so "heroically" defending, in the fact that most of our country has pets, dogs and cats being number one?! Remember Katrina and what a tragedy it was that people had to leave behind their pets, many of whom died. It was devastating!!!!! You threw America's heart off the cliff that day the moment you threw that puppy's life down dead! Just because you, and the entire military for that matter, are in the killing business doesn't mean everything that is not "U.S." is invaluable and has reason to be destroyed. There are no borders when it comes to animals! They live on the planet, not in a mapped out area of "owned" land. There should be no borders when it comes to children either, or woman for that matter, or innocent civilians trying to live their lives in peace in a place where they just happen to be born in, within a piece of land on the planet Earth! WTF do we need these types of "soldiers" in our military when we could just as well have robots?! At least the robots would listen to what was commanded of them and wouldn't commit the atrocities that many of these people dressed in military uniform have been doing! You are not BRAVE! It is not courageous to kill another or a living being! It is courageous to put yourself and your life on the line to save others, whether or not they were born in the same place you were! It is brave to de-escalate a situation without causing or resulting in violence. That is honorable! So, just because you had nothing better to do with your life and you couldn't make it in the real world unless you were babysat by the military, doesn't mean you should join something you know nothing about or what it stands for. The movies are not the best resource to base your reasoning on. I will not stand for such negligence, ignorance, deviance, malice, immoral, unconscionable, unethical, uncompassionate, and disrespectful behavior and attitude in my country, let alone in our military, not on my watch, and certainly NOT ON MY DIME!!!!! Someone better get these delinquents psychological help, otherwise we don't want them back in our neighborhood! Are we clear? I said ARE WE CLEAR?!!!

Cathy W (0)
Saturday June 21, 2008, 5:19 am
This disgusting, sick guy should get jail time, NOTHING LESS. He also needs psychiatric counseling, or it will surely happen again.

Illary Q (0)
Saturday June 21, 2008, 9:55 pm
So... how do you think a serial killer begins?... I have read before that many begin mistreating poor animals. People like this guy are dangerous for the society and must be punished in some way and carefully observed.

Illary Q (0)
Saturday June 21, 2008, 10:01 pm
So... how do you think a serial killer begins?... I have read before that many begin mistreating poor animals. People like this guy are dangerous for the society and must be punished in some way and carefully observed.

Rhiannon Myst (602)
Monday June 23, 2008, 9:18 am
Noted & signed with quite a statement. It is a disgrace to everyone, the uniform worn, the flag defended, the men & women who wear the uniform with honor and would find this action as disgusting as more others do. to everyone! Maximum punishment is called for regarding this...... Thx

Kathleen Irwin (28)
Thursday July 3, 2008, 3:37 am
This is outrageous. What sort of an example of American Soldiers in general is this sending to the rest of the world - it sends home the story that if they can do this to a totally innocent little animal, then what are they doing to the people there. It makes people think that all soldiers are like this. Dishonourable Discharge should only be a first step, prosecution should automatically follow. Cruel - Inhumane - Bastards.

Theresa C (69)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 7:51 pm
This idiot should be tossed off the cliff.that heartless creep,if he does this to animals it goes to show you that he would do it to a human.Completely disgusted and ashamed to know he's a marine protecting your country.I'd shoot him for what he did(eye for an eye)!!!

Theresa C (69)
Sunday September 14, 2008, 8:00 pm
I hope someone nails him for this, even if its the enemy that gets him because he deserves it,you don't hurt animals in anyway!!And his partner could have stopped him so his just as mush to blame,he is going to be on someones hit list you watch!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 23, 2008, 2:36 am
Its not good... disgusting...

ehr implementation

ChiungFang Tseng (27)
Wednesday December 17, 2008, 11:43 pm
Shame! Those killing the weaker are the weakest. Those who kill the innocent are evil. This man doesn't deserve to be a soldier.

Jacqueline Jakle (30)
Tuesday May 26, 2009, 7:24 pm
I'm shaking inside, reading about this tragic story! How could someone throw an innocent puppy over a cliff! I am just now reading this story, dated March 3, 2008. That was my birthday...but the day that precious puppy died. Why would someone deliberately hurt an innocent baby this case, kill an innocent baby dog? Why? It's bad enough when an ordinary person hurts an animal, but why would a soldier show his face on a video so the whole world can see him? What is it going to take for these types of things to stop! I couldn't bear it if someone hurt my dogs, whom I dearly love. What a cruel, horrible man! What a cruel, heartless act!

. (0)
Sunday September 27, 2009, 12:28 pm
i just hope that these guy's are delt with the way they should be, horrible and these are the guy's that are defending your country.not only dose it embarese the military it embareses the whole USA.

Priscilla Burbano (27)
Friday February 19, 2010, 11:24 am
Man becomes MONSTER!!!!! The people involved are disgusting and the world would be better of without them.

Past Member (0)
Monday April 19, 2010, 12:09 pm

Julie W. (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 8:36 am
I hope they fry this mother fer nothing gets at me more than the needlees abuse of animals. How could this little guy have stuck up for him self, he had no chance. Does humanity still exsist. Im starting to thing not. Im doing a paper on animal cruelity for school. I knew the situtation was bad but man during my rese...arch Ive realized how bad it really is. Its sad when America's heros even treat animals like this. We as human really have no future is we fail to see the quality of ALL life now.

Julie W. (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 8:37 am
I hope they fry this motherfucker nothing gets at me more than the needlees abuse of animals. How could this little guy have stuck up for him self, he had no chance. Does humanity still exsist. Im starting to thing not. Im doing a paper on animal cruelity for school. I knew the situtation was bad but man during my rese...arch Ive realized how bad it really is. Its sad when America's heros even treat animals like this. We as human really have no future is we fail to see the quality of ALL life now.

Samantha Y (18)
Tuesday June 1, 2010, 4:27 pm
This is outrageous!! These are the people we trust to uphold our freedom. It's ridiculous

jessica f (6)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 5:31 am
what an outrage the man should not be allowed to serve our country and be sentenced to beyone the justice i wish someone would throw them off a cliff and see how they feel shame people shame

Pamela B. (0)
Wednesday April 27, 2011, 10:34 am
I just found this,

"Lance Cpl. David Motari, 22, of Monroe, a veteran of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being discharged from the Marine Corps as a result of an investigation into the incident, Maj. Chris Perrine of Marine Corps Base Hawaii said."
Thank you God.
Bless the little chilren (animals alike)

Nicole Gandolfi (0)
Monday October 3, 2011, 2:40 pm
That kids a sick cruel person to ever even think of doing that to any animal. He should get his sorry butt thrown off of a cliff. Lets see how he enjoys it.

marcus finch (0)
Monday May 19, 2014, 2:01 pm
yes those idiots both getting kicked out , wait ,well i better keep that to myself

Frieda Besier (0)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 12:07 pm
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