SOURCE: Last Chance for Animals

January 18, 2007 19:45 ET

U.S. Soldiers Declare War on Crippled Pooch

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 18, 2007 -- Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a non-profit animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been notified of a very disturbing video showing U.S. soldiers in Iraq taunting a crippled dog. LCA fully supports our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and feels this situation in no way reflects on all U.S. soldiers that are trying to do their best job and putting their lives on the line. However, the act of U.S. soldiers taunting a crippled dog in Iraq is unacceptable under any circumstances.

The video, http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=6445f9fdd7, depicts three U.S. Soldiers, one holding a video camera and two throwing rocks at a crippled dog. We at LCA demand that these individuals be held responsible for such a despicable and cowardly act.

What's happening to our troops in Iraq that they have to start tormenting a crippled pooch?

"Any soldier tormenting animals should have to answer to authorities the same way soldiers tormenting prisoners at Abu Ghraib should be answering to authorities," states LCA President Chris DeRose.

When a United States soldier is representing America overseas and during war time, it is crucial for any heinous act to be fully investigated. LCA demands our elected officials put pressure on the military to do a complete investigation on this despicable and cowardly act. The correlation between cruelty to animals and cruelty to humans has been proven time and again. These soldiers must be found and identified.

Chris DeRose is available for comment on this important issue at 310-271-6096 x27.

Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national animal rights organization based in Los Angeles, has been active for more than two decades. LCA was the subject of the HBO documentary, "Dealing Dogs." LCA fights for the rights of animals by conducting investigations that expose animal cruelty. For more information, visit www.LCAnimal.org.

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