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Did U.S. Marine toss puppy off cliff in video? See for yourself

By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 7th, 2008 at 8:10 am in Animal Cruelty, Puppy.

This is from a press release I found in my e-mail this morning from the ASPCA in New York:

The ASPCA condemns soldiers involved in animal cruelty video and urges swift action by U.S. Military.

“Thursday. the ASPCA urged the United States Marine Corps to release the findings of its investigation of a video clip recently seen on several social networking sites wherein a member of the U.S. Military — seemingly a Marine — can be seen apparently committing a heinous act of animal cruelty, flinging a live puppy off a cliff.”

This video caused a huge — make that HUGE — public outcry earlier this week after news reports circulated condemning the soldiers responsible for the act. Many have wondered whether the video is simulated or real.

You can decide for yourself. The video can be seen at

NOTE: This video is EXTREMELY upsetting and shocking, so think carefully before you look.

To add to the nastiness:
According to the Associated Press, Pro golfer Tripp Isenhour was charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals and killing a migratory bird, misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of 14 months in jail and $1,500 in fines.

An AP story says the 29-year-old player became angry on Dec. 12 at the Grand Cypress Golf Club in Florida when a squawking red-shouldered hawk a few hundred feet away was making noise while he tried to film a TV show. He drove closer to the bird in his golf cart and started hitting balls at it. After numerous attempts, witnesses said he hit the hawk. The bird, a protected migratory species, fell to the ground bleeding from both nostrils and died.

AP says Isenhour quickly apologized Thursday (yesterday) and said he was only trying to scare the hawk away and didn’t mean to kill it. “Quickly apologized,” eh? And only 85 days after he killed the hawk. The dude is fast. (The bird had been buried at the golf course and later dug up by Florida investigators.)

AP quotes Jethro Senger, a sound engineer at the filming, who said hitting the bird was “basically a joke to Isenhour.”

None of the 15-person crew at the filming with Isenhour tried to stop him from killing the hawk … which in my humble opinion makes them just as guilty of killing the bird as he was.

Doesn’t anyone want to take responsibility for anything these days?

Today marks the end of a rather sick work week. /Gary

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11 Responses to “Did U.S. Marine toss puppy off cliff in video? See for yourself”

  1. L Says:

    I agree about people’s cowardice. However, because it is so common to turn a blind eye when someone is doing something wrong, we should at least give Jethro Senger some credit for doing the right thing – even though it was after the fact.

  2. Jacqueline Says:

    I really can’t believe this! It’s awful. I found this petition! Let’s get everyone to sign it!

  3. takeiteasy Says:

    There was a saying in a book I read a while back about animal emotions. It went something like this: The soul of a civilization can be seen in how it treats its creatures. Where has our soul gone? We are most often too cowardly to take responsbility for what we do and how we act and we teach our children this beahvior. Even in traffic accidents most people no longer ask the other if they are “ok” or even say “I’m sorry for fear of being sued or admitting guilt.” Too often now we run to avoid penalties or lie about the things we do. It’s no good and neither are we.

  4. Ed Arnold Says:

    Fascinating that with the bombing of of the Times Square recruiting station, presumably to protest the war, a video surfaces of someone in fatigues throwing a puppy off a cliff. And apparently, everyone uncritically assumes that it must be a Marine, because we all know what brutal Fascist beasts they all are. Do you think that maybe, just maybe, a Progressive might consider that the end justifies the means, and that the life of the animal is being sacrificed “for the Greater Good”? No, couldn’t be propaganda…

  5. meow Says:


  6. Paulette Kenyon Says:

    That’s so awful! I think you’re right about the people filming. That seems to be a trend these days, where people just stand by and watch others do horrendous things without stopping it. Those who watch are as culpable as those who are doing it. Shame on them!
    I found an injured juvenile hawk on a walk about a month ago and called animal control in hopes they would save it. It was walking around with an injured wing. I hoped that someone didn’t shoot it with a BB gun. Luckily, most children these days stick to killing things in video games and not in real life. But, when they grow up…. I suppose war does give people raised on video killing and being cruel to animals an opportunity to vent their innermost barbarism. They say that George Bush liked to torture bugs. So… now he’s vetoing the bill against water torture. There is a whole huge dimension of cruelty in our society and your column is a welcome respite from it. Unfortunately, these awful stories pop up; but, they give us all an opportunity to question just what kind of society turns out people who so heartlessly would maim, kill, or torture an animal. It is heartening to know that people are still capable of outrage about some form of cruelty.

  7. Esther Says:

    I think Tripp Isenhour got what he frikking deserve. I feel so awful for that puppy because he wud die immediately or not, yet suffering til death. thats really horrible. i hope Tripp will get more what he deserve at prison for 14 months which i think he should take more so he can learn a lesson. Maybe he wont learn anything from it. he belong to hell.

  8. Rocky Says:

    They say people that treat animals and childern like
    that have a cold heart and no soul. Same for the guy who filmed this. My thought both should be tossed over the same spot as the pup and be left for awhile, they might learn something. That baby did not deserve that. I hope they can look at it like this, some day it might be their kids and pets that some one thinks it is nothing to take a life. May God forgive you both, I won’t and I am not suppose to be judgemental in this case I can’t help it. May you never go through what that pup went through, pray that god will keep you safe while you defend our country.

  9. Rocky Says:

    You know I saw Montel yesterday and the subject was about our troops and the trama they go through. It still doesn’t excuse the puppy part of it, they need to find other outlets.
    It also sucks because our government says we have to play was by the rules, yet Iraq doesn’t and that is a big reason our troops are having troubles.
    I would like our troops to remember that they are fighting for all living creatures, and we are one.
    I do support our troops and fly my flag always.
    May they all come home safe.

  10. Fake video Says:

    That video (the puppy one) is fake. I think it’s a real puppy but it’s already dead. It’s not moving at all while the marine is holding it, and despite obviously being recorded on a cell phone, which have very limited microphones, you can clearly hear the puppy yelping all the way down the cliff. Sounds like something edited in later on a computer. This video is B.S. but the two retarded inbred marines should still be punished for posting this crap online. Maybe we’ll get lucky and see a video later on of insurgents tossing their mutilated bodies off a ravine.

  11. Doug Says:

    I have worked with many Marines over the years. Unfortunately many Marines are like that and will do things such as this. Although there are also many that would not do something like this, there is a certain mentality in the military that thinks like this. The only thing different this time is not only were these two dumb enough to do this, they were also dumb enough to video tape it.

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