Bosnian girl who threw litter of puppies into fast-flowing river will not face animal cruelty charges
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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.
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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.
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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.
WHERE TO SEND YOUR MESSAGE:
Bugojno Police (use contact form following phone number below):
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Bosna and Herzegovina
Phone: 030-251-206, 030-252-411
Online contact form, Central Bosnia Canton – canton that includes Bugojno.
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307. Motorizovane brigade 92
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Mayor of Bugojno, Mr Hasan Ajkunic
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