The Marines on Monday responded to a video clip on YouTube.com showing what appears to be a Kaneohe-based Marine throwing a puppy while in Iraq.
The video shows two Marines talking as one holds a puppy by the back of the neck before throwing the dog over what appears to be a cliff. There is the sound of a dog yelping as the puppy is seen flying in the air.
The clip has been viewed by thousands of people on the Internet, with several e-mailing Honolulu TV news media.
| E-Mails| E-Mails | Marines' Statement
The leadership at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe said they are investigating the case and that they do not tolerate such behavior.
"This is a shocking and deplorable video that contrary to the high standards we set for every Marine. We will investigate this and take appropriate action," Maj. Christopher Perrine said.
Officials said they believe the Marine in the video is a lance corporal who returned to Hawaii in October from Iraq.
Thousands of people viewed the clip that lasted about 17 seconds. Many left messages on YouTube.com saying they were outraged by what they saw.
"The act itself is atrocious and just to see the disregard for life is just troubling," Hawaii Humane Society spokeswoman Kawehi Yim said.
Others said they believed the clip was staged and not real.
The Marines said while they will look into what happened. They want to determine whether the video clip is authentic.
"We need to find out who is this person, is this a legitimate video? Was it edited?" Perrine said.
YouTube.com pulled the clips uploaded onto its site involving the Marine and the puppy by the late afternoon.
Officials at the Hawaii Humane Society said they were horrified by what was on the video.
"People have been e-mailing and calling outraged that one, that the act occurred and secondly that there appears to be little remorse," Yim said.
If the video is authentic, the Marines involved could face judicial charges, a reduction in rank and pay and a court-martial. They could also be discharged.