Claim: Video shows a girl pulling puppies from a bucket and throwing them into a river.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2014]
It shows a girl pulling "puppies" out of a bucket, and throwing them into a river. Seems to be circulating around facebook, pretty fast.
Origins: This video of a girl (described as a "young Cruella De Vil") in a red hoodie plucking several whining puppies from a bucket and flinging them into a swift-moving river with apparent gusto while exclaiming "whee" prompted widespread outrage throughout the
Through the efforts of both online investigators and local police officials, the girl shown in the video was eventually tracked down, identified, and questioned by police in the Bosnian city of Bugojno. Ultimately, though, because the girl was too young, Bosnian officials were precluded from publicly identifying or prosecuting her.
After the incident was publicized in the international media, a 75-year-old woman came forward and claimed that she had rescued five of the six puppies who had been flung into the water and put them up for adoption, but others disputed her claim:
"This is outrageous," a PETA spokeswoman, Nadja Kutscher, said, according to a report in a German newspaper. "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."
There is no way of knowing whether this video is genuine. Or whether someone is trying to set up Puschnik for Web ridicule or worse.
Last updated: 11 July 2014
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