A fellow blogger also told me about this in an email recently, but I was waiting for the official Marine announcement.

Kudos to the Marine Corps for their diligence in investigating this deplorable act of cruelty towards helpless animals.


Late last week, the United States Marine Corps announced that it had disciplined two Marines for their participation in the cruel killing of a puppy while stationed in Iraq.

Lance Corporal David Motari and Sergeant Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion received Non-Judicial Punishments, the details of which are protected under the Privacy Act. Based in Hawaii with the 1st Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, Lance Cpl. Motari will be discharged from the Corps for his role in the incident.

These two Marines’ deplorable behavior received widespread attention after a video of their actions appeared on the Internet on March 3. As previously reported in ASPCA News Alert, the clip depicts one of them tossing a helpless pup off a craggy cliff.

The Marine Corps Base Hawaii issued a statement last week denouncing the incident, claiming “the actions seen in the Internet video are contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine and will not be tolerated.”

The ASPCA distributed a press release on March 7 urging the Marines to release its findings about the episode and encouraging the public to voice its outrage. Thanks to the overwhelming response of citizens and public officials alike, Lance Cpl. Motari and Sgt. Encarnacion’s casual disregard for life did not go unexamined.

“The ASPCA has the highest respect for the brave and difficult task charged to the men and women stationed in Iraq,” says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres. “But as a just and humane country, we must protect the rights of all those who are defenseless, including animals. We appreciate the Marine Corps’ thorough investigation of this repugnant act.”

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