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Update on this story at bottom @ January 26 2014 as requested by a subscriber. Thanks for the comment.
Katja Puschik: Woman throwing puppies in river found in Bosnia
A new video has been circulating on Facebook today with a girl in a red hoodie who is seen throwing five newborn live puppies in to a river. The video is causing a huge out pouring of hate and a hunt to track this girl down. Fortunately, the police have been able to find her.
The girl in the video who appears is a girl named Katja Puschik from Bosnia and the she was identified in 2010 which means this video is not new, similar to the widely spread video of the extreme baby yoga video.
In the disturbing video, Katja is seen with a smile on her face picking up live puppies, who appear to be healthy, and throwing them into the river. There is someone recording the event which does not appear to be bothersome. At one point the girl is heard asking, “Can they swim?”
When the video initially surfaced in 2010, members of 4Chan, and anyone who found the video and the acts disturbing, took time to try and track down this girl to face justice for what she had done.
The day after the search was started there appeared to be an apology video made by the girl in question, however, some suspected it was a scam and it has since been removed from YouTube for violating their terms. A still from the apology video is shown below.
The apology read: “My name is Katja Puschnik and I would like to appologize [sic] for my behavior. The puppies belong to my grandma and she told me to get rid off them because they were only 3 days and they were ill. They had parasites from their mother. I didn’t knew [sic] exactly what to do so I thrown [sic] them in the river because it was a short death. I did not want to make them suffer. I am really sorry for this:(”
The hatred, directed at this girl for her actions, was immense and hovered between uncontrolled and controlled hate. In 2010, when the story first broke, Facebook was used to create a page called “Kill the Puppy-Throwing Girl” and has since been removed.
Some argue that by targeting this young girl for her actions, that we are no better and have now sunk to lynch mob mentality, while others think whatever punishment was handed out to her would not be enough.
One problem which repeats itself over and over again on social media sites, is the ability for people to believe and accept whatever comes on their timeline as truth without any research to verify it. In this case, the video was online four years ago but today it is circulating once again with the same threat it did four years ago.
“This bitch needs her hands tied up and feet and thrown in that river..are you kidding me..throwing puppies into a river like its a big funny game..wtf..i hope all my friends share this and get this dumb ass bitch busted..”
***IMAGE REMOVED: Thanks to a reader, one of the girls in the image has been shown to be another girl and therefore was removed. Thank you to the readers who keep me informed.
When we share whatever comes to our timeline as truth, we get angry at some subjects and our friends do too. They share the same video or image because they believe what you did. The problem is that the video is outdated and serves no purpose in circulation on any social media site.
Although what happened in the video is tragic, we must still choose to investigate before we set up a lynch mob.
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Update January 26 2014:
The young girl was not charged due to her being only 12 years old, in her hometown of Bugojno. The elderly lady in the picture claims that she is not the grandmother but a neighbor who claimed to have rescued the puppies.
PETA has claimed this to be a miscarriage of justice. “This is outrageous,” the group was quoted as saying in German newspaper Bild
“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 in the river.
According to freelance reporter Ljubica Vujadinovic, the woman did not rescue the puppies but claimed to do that to deflect the anger away from the young girl. In this village and area, it is common to kill stray dogs and cats. Residents do not understand the media attention this story received.
If she was old enough to be charged with a criminal offence, under Bosnian law, the girl and her family would have faced a fine of more than $20,000 over the incident.
If convicted, the twelve year old girl would have been the first person in the country to be punished for such a crime.
The girl was tracked down after a series of websites, including the notorious 4chan community, launched a vigilante campaign to find her.
It is believed the puppies did not survive.
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