(AFP) – Aug 31, 2010
WASHINGTON — A video of a girl tossing half-a-dozen puppies into a river has sparked outrage online with chat forums and Facebook pages calling for her to be tracked down and punished.
The 44-second video, which was originally posted on YouTube, shows a blonde girl in a red sweatshirt casually taking the squealing black-and-white puppies out of a white bucket and tossing them into the fast-moving river one by one.
The video was removed from YouTube but has been embedded on a number of other sites.
Several Facebook pages have been created dedicated to exposing the girl, who appears to be a teenager, including one called "Find the Girl Who Threw Puppies in River" that has attracted more than 1,200 friends.
"Find this girl and send her to prison for animal cruelty," Facebook user Jacqueline Wills wrote on the page.
"Throw her in the river!!!" wrote Dave Sherrid.
Many of the messages on Internet message forum 4chan threatened extreme violence against the girl, who was identified by some users as being from Bosnia.
The puppies video surfaced just days after an uproar in Britain over a video which showed a 45-year-old woman dumping a cat in a trash can.
The woman became the subject of an Internet hate campaign after her actions were caught on camera and the footage posted online.
The cat was discovered and rescued 15 hours later.
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