Now there's a dispute over what the video actually shows.
Blogger Michelle Malkin makes this declaration about the puppy: "It’s clear to me that it’s either dead or a stuffed toy."
YouTube has yanked the video, but the video keeps re-surfacing there and can be found elsewhere, and we have posted it below.
So judge for yourself.
Here's the CNN story.
Here's the official Marine Corps statement:
For Immediate ReleaseHere's the video:
Release 25-08 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.