A schoolgirl who was filmed by a friend throwing puppies into a river has escaped punishment by police because she was too young to be charged with cruelty, it was reported.
The girl provoked outrage when a video of her lobbing the six tiny puppies into the raging water was posted on video-sharing websites and went viral across the internet.
The subsequent publicity helped police in the central Bosnian town of Bugojno to track down the girl but she was left unpunished because of her age, according to reports.
Animal welfare groups reacted furiously to the decision, which was described as “outrageous”.
The 44-second video shows the blonde-haired girl, wearing a red hoodie, casually throwing the squealing and terrified black and white puppies one by one into the river.
Cruelty charges can carry a fine of up to 5,000 euro (£4,350).
A woman claimed to have rescued the dogs from the river after the video was taken, but animal welfare group PETA said they were not the same puppies.
A spokeswoman told Bild, a German newspaper: “The puppies thrown would never have survived.
“Neither the girl nor the parents will be charged. This is outrageous”.
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The woman dove into the water and retrieved the bag. It turned out to be six tiny puppies, no more than a week old.
One of the puppies had to be resuscitated with CPR, the Lodi News reports, and after a successful effort, the animals were transferred to Lodi resident Nancy Roberds, who then brought the puppies to Animal Friends Connection Humane Society.
AFCHS volunteer Anna Charlesworth was given the puppies to look after by the caring stranger. They had undoubtedly suffered from the incident.
“In the beginning, they were traumatized, but they’re coming out of their shell,” Charlesworth told KTXL Sacramento.
Although the puppies were originally supposed to be put up for adoption, Charlesworth has taken the puppies in as foster pet children. They’re eating well and growing stronger by the day.
“Nobody is sick, everybody is eating and eliminating properly, so they’re doing really good,” Charlesworth told the Lodi News, noting that the one who received CPR seems to be especially flourishing. “These were healthy puppies. These were just puppies that somebody just didn’t want.”
There is no denying the great responsibility humans have for their pets, but far too many animals are killed every year for the sake of convenience.