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Bosnian girl who threw litter of puppies into fast-flowing river will not face animal cruelty charges

October 6, 2010



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From Daily Mail

A young girl who was filmed throwing puppies into a river to drown will not face animal cruelty charges, furious animal rights campaigners have announced.

Police in Bugojna, Bosnia, have dropped plans to prosecute the youngster because they say she is not old enough to face court.

The decision was revealed by angry animal rights campaigners PETA.

They say local police and animal care groups claim all the pups were rescued from the fast flowing Vbras river by an old woman who claimed to have found them by the shore.

Animal cruelty is black and white: If you eat them, wear them, test on them, or exploit them in any way for food, fun, pharma, or fur … you throw them.  Think about it, please make the connection.

But German PETA spokeswoman Nadja Kutscher said: ‘This is outrageous. The puppies that the old woman was with were completely different ones to those thrown into the river in the video.

‘The puppies would never have survived in the river.’

The original 44 second YouTube clip shocked hundreds of thousands around the world.

In the horrific footage some of the black and white pups could be heard whimpering in a basket before crying pitifully as they were flung through the air.

At one point the girl, wearing a red hoodie, shouted ‘Wooo!’ as she hurled them into the river one by one.

The blonde girl – believed to be under 18 – and her parents were questioned by local police and warned they could face a £5,000 and an animal cruelty charge last month.

But PETA in Germany revealed: ‘The animal protection agency which works down in Bosnia has announced that the investigation has been closed and neither the girl nor the parents will be charged.

‘The child is said to be too young for any kind of punishment.’

Bosnian law requires anyone who kills or injures an animal to pay a fine ranging from €15 to €5,000 (£12 to £4,150) .

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) offered a €1,500 (£1,300) reward at the time to help catch the girl in the film.


Question: What’s the Difference?

Answer: You.



To Whom It Concerns,

I am contacting you regarding the Bosnian juvenile who was filmed throwing puppies into the Vrbas river. I would like to express my outrage over the charges being dropped on the basis that the girl is too young for any kind of punishment.

Her actions were calculated and motivated by a desire to harm. She did not show the slightest sign of remorse after hurling the puppies, nor did she show any sign of empathy toward the whimpering of the puppies. On the contrary, she seemed to derive great pleasure from causing these animals pain and suffering. She was also quite aware that the chances of these puppies surviving in the fast flowing river were minimal – claims that an old woman rescued the puppies seem highly unlikely, as the puppies retrieved by the old woman in no way resemble the ones shown on the video footage.

Studies show that acts of cruelty toward animals are the first signs of violent pathology that includes human victims. Violent and aggressive criminals are more likely to have abused animals as children. Animal abuse is not just the result of a minor personality flaw in the abuser, but a symptom of a deep mental disturbance. A child harming or killing a an animal is a precursor to some very serious violent behavior. If allowed to pass without punishment, children are more likely to be violent later in life.

If this girl is not taught to take responsibility for her actions at this crucial stage, she will very likely repeat this harmful behavior.She is not too young to be punished, but only a proper punishment may ensure that she learns from her vile deed.



Bugojno Police (use contact form following phone number below):

Postal adress:
Policijska uprava Bugojno
Wagnerova 8
70230 Bugojno
Bosna and Herzegovina
Phone: 030-251-206, 030-252-411

Online contact form, Central Bosnia Canton – canton that includes Bugojno.

Pošaljite Email: Via Email

Vaše ime: Your Name

E-mail adresa: Email Address

Unesite svoju poruku:  Message

Posalji: Send

Hvala! : Thanks!

Online contact form, Drago Vukoja, the Police Commissioner:

E-mail: To send via email

Unesi svoje ime: Enter your email address

Tema poruke: Enter Your name

Unesi poruku: Enter your message

Municipality Bugojno
307. Motorizovane brigade 92
70230 Bugojno
Tel: + 387 (0) 30 251 444
Fax: +387 (0) 30 251 222

Mayor of Bugojno, Mr Hasan Ajkunic
Tel.: + 387 30 251 444
Fax: + 387 30 251 222


Read more: Elderly woman ‘didn’t save puppies’

Read more: 4chan users hunt for puppy-thrower




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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 1:20 pm

    This girl is probably going to grow up to be an inconsequential sociopath, much like today’s world leaders.


    • October 6, 2010 3:05 pm

      Well-said, Irina. I like the term “inconsequential sociopath”: how [sadly, angeringly, bewilderingly-but-not] true …


  2. MICHELLE MOREL permalink
    October 6, 2010 3:00 pm



  3. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    October 7, 2010 6:27 am

    to not punish one
    who commits an atrocity
    is to condone
    to send a message,
    “we will leave you alone”
    to not address is to allow
    sociopaths to run wild
    as they are starting to now
    it is the turning away
    that permits genocide
    to occur
    whether it is directed
    against man, fins, feather,
    or fur


  4. October 7, 2010 1:40 pm

    They just gave the okay for more adolescents to murder more animals because they are too young to prosecute. What are they waiting for, when she’s of age to murder an innocent being and then be prosecuted? By that time it WILL BE TOO LATE, she clearly needs help. She is old enough to know what she did was evil. In the mean time she a danger to animals and humans.


  5. October 20, 2010 11:44 am

    Thank you for this info. I’ve written to both the Mayor and the Police Department asking what measures are being taken to ensure this kind of behaviour does not persist.



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