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The Marine Corps Responds

Posted: 6 March 2008

ADI commends the rapid response from the Marine Corps (see below) condemning this action and hopes that it will be followed by decisive action punishing the perpetrator.

The Marines have also asked for comments on their website.

First Statement from the Marines

March 3, 2008 Internet video of Marine mistreating puppy MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Oahu -- The video of a Marine mistreating a puppy gained widespread attention on the internet today. The video is shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine. This video came to our attention this morning, and we have initiated an investigation. We do not tolerate this type of behavior and will take appropriate action. The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties in an honorable manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave.

Second Statement from the Marines

Internet video of Marine mistreating puppy
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Oahu -- Marine Corps Base Hawaii continues to investigate a video of a Marine mistreating a puppy that gained widespread attention on the internet Monday. The content of the video is deplorable and contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine at home and abroad.
MCBH learned of the video Monday morning and immediately began an investigation to confirm the authenticity of the video and the persons responsible for the video. The investigation will be thorough and will examine each person involved. Upon completion of the investigation, it will be reviewed by each Marine’s commander who will determine the appropriate action to take in each case.

No charges have been filed at this time. In the event that any Marine is charged with an offense, he will be afforded the constitutional and due process protections guaranteed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

The vast majority of Marines conduct their duties in an honorable and compassionate manner that brings great credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States. There have been numerous stories of Marines adopting pets and bringing them home from Iraq or helping to arrange life-saving medical care for Iraqi children. Those are the stories that exemplify what we stand for and how most Marines behave.

If you have a comment regarding this incident we encourage you to visit our Web site and leave a comment or concern at http://www.mcbh.usmc.mil and click on the mcbh.pao.fct@nmci.usmc.mil e-mail link.

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