Semper Fido: Investigators Close in on Marine Who Threw Puppy Off Cliff

The United States Marines Corps is finally responding to international outrage over Marines the video below of a Marine throwing a puppy over a rocky cliff in Iraq. The Marine is called by the name Motari on the video and bloggers believe that they have identified the culprit.

The Marine based in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, has confirmed that they have a Marine who meets the description and name on the video — a Marine who recently returned from Iraq.

On the film, the Marine is shown joking with the puppy and a fellow Marine and then throwing it over a rocky cliff. He laughs and says “Oh, I tripped,” as he tosses the crying puppy. The other Marine is heard saying, “That’s mean. That was mean, Motari.”

For the disturbing video, click here.

This is not the first such video of cruelty to animals coming from Iraq. A video of soldiers taunting a crippled dog was released in 2007, click here

A host of Internet blogs and sites have circulated what they speculate is the dog-tossing Marine’s full name. Click here

Since then, an apology has been posted from someone alleged to be Motari, click here.

The most likely criminal charge could be Section 934. Art. 134, which serves as a catch-all for such bizarre acts of abuse, including abuse of animals. It states:

Though not specifically mentioned in this chapter, all disorders
and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the
armed forces, all conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the
armed forces, and crimes and offenses not capital, of which persons
subject to this chapter may be guilty, shall be taken cognizance of
by a general, special, or summary court-martial, according to the
nature and degree of the offense, and shall be punished at the
discretion of that court.

There remains a question of the other Marine and whether he knew that Motari would commit this terrible act. It should obvious that we should not give guns to people who like to have fun by throwing defenseless animals over rocky cliffs. It also should put some focus on our filtering out of psychotic and disturbed individuals before giving them the latest weaponry and the opportunity to commit abuses.

33 thoughts on “Semper Fido: Investigators Close in on Marine Who Threw Puppy Off Cliff”

  1. he will forever be branded as a POS human being. guess what, alot of people were in the service and had “hard days”. I would have loved to find a lonely pup and just chilled with it. that would have been a GREAT day.

  2. Ernist-There are many soldiers going through things during war. Many of them do not toss dogs over a cliff. They deal with their stress an anger in more appropriate ways. This is UNEXCUSABLE. Do not defend someone who has no regard for life and then laughs afterward. In addition, this soldier ADMITTED doing this. He also issued a public apology but ONLY after he and his family have been harrasses by countless Americans who Are SICKENED by his thoughtless actions and ONLY after he is being santioned and discharged as a Marine. (So even the Marines this this “soldier” is deplorable)

    If you need help with any of these words, feel free to ask.

  3. 1st of all the marines are put throuhg a lot o f stress ibeleve no one can judge and say ohh i would never do that cuz u have no idea what they go throug. secondly the dog could have been dead theres no proof yet. and just let me say it sikens me how these people can fight 4 u and our country and u stabb there back b4 they have a chance 4 explination. p.s. if there r misspelled words im only 13 and dislecksick ‘darn it y do they make that such a hard word 2 spell’

  4. The person/persons who committed this heinous act should be stripped of their uniforms and given a dishonorable discharge at once.
    A fitting punishment would be to invoke the same treatment on them as they did that poor animal.

    The persons who committed this act need a mental evaluation. Such behavior is truly menacing. It is well known that serial killers begin by torturing anmials. These persons are a danger to society and should be treated as such.

    If and when they are returned to the U.S., they should be closely monitored and incarcerated in a mental institution for extensive evaluation.

    The U.S. armed forces are supposed to set an example for the rest of the world. This behavior should not be tolerated. For those who say it was just an animal’s life that was taken, IT WAS A LIFE-A LIVING BEING which was totally incapable of defending itself.

    I truly hope that justice prevails in this case and in similar cases.

    This world is changing, and not for the better.

  5. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, but if I had been standing beside that ill adjusted asshole when he threw that dog, I would have shot him dead with my gun and called it friendly fire! I hope he gets his head blown off.

  6. Well, this old-time conservative thinks Mr. Turley is right and did a good thing when he brought this to our attention.

  7. “… Patty: I agree that unjustified cruelty implies some form of maladjusted behavior but I don’t want to stigmatize bona fide illness with cruelty that just isn’t there in most cases.”


    Again, I suggest you are in no position to make that distinction
    – sorry.

  8. Deeply: I did log in incorrectly adding the “s” to my usual moniker in my last post. Sorry about that, and I really hope no one is fudging on the names because I like our little discussion group.

  9. Patty: I agree that unjustified cruelty implies some form of maladjusted behavior but I don’t want to stigmatize bona fide illness with cruelty that just isn’t there in most cases.

  10. My point is that even your limited medical knowledge and/or personal experience should tell you, automatically, that a person, any person, who abuses defenseless animals, has mental problems to some substantial degree.

    As JT puts forth here – Res ipsa loquitur (”The thing itself speaks”)

  11. Mespo727272,

    Are you and “MESPOS727272” the same?

    I only ask because a few days back someone placed some objectionable posts under a close variant of my sign-in….

    Not that your reply was in any way objectionable…..

  12. Patty C: Without doubt, a medical degree would better qualify me to opine, but I have litigated scores of post-traumatic brain injury cases and the routine defense is PTSD as an alternate diagnosis. For better or worse, I have had to become acquainted with the condition and have more than a rudimentary knowledge of the subject, but far less than your average MD, of course. I defer to them, but I don’t see a rush of physicians lining up to defend this action. Let’s not fall into the trap of credentialism when experience might do just as well.

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