A Bosnian girl who was apparently asked by her gran to drown some unwanted puppies has been crucified by the Western press when a video of her actions ended up on YouTube.
A team of hackers at 4chan managed to identify the girl based on the video image code and some local knowledge. With Peta and its ilk baying for blood the Bosnian police are now obliged to arrest and charge the girl.
Bosnia has rules against animal cruelty but no one has actually ever been charged. Mostly because of a problem with stray dogs and partly because police have other things to worry about.
The girl, who appeared to be in her teens, lives in the central town of Bugojno. The 44-second video showed her casually taking the squealing black-and-white puppies out of a white bucket and tossing them into the fast-moving river one by one.
4chan users correctly identified the Vrbas River in Bugojno as the scene of the puppy-throwing incident, and identified the person who filmed and published the video.
They then circulated the names and Facebook profiles of two girls who were believed to have been depicted in the clip.
One was incorrect and a German girl was wrongly identified and received hundreds of calls and even death threats.
Transformers director Michael Bay offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of the girl. Twilight star Kellan Lutz wrote on Twitter that he had ''never been so disgusted before'' and that the video was ''so incredibly disturbing and plain out wrong''. This is odd given that we wrote the same thing in a review about Twilight: New Moon.
But the strange thing is that someone managed to rescue one of the puppies and despite the outcry about the treatment, the dog still has not been given a home. It looks like those who think something is wrong and are prepared to judge someone for a solution that they can't face are a bit short when it comes to providing a real answer.
The case mirrors something similar in Bulgaria where an attempt by the authorities to kill huge numbers of street dogs was stopped after Western pressure from animal rights groups.
However the westerners have no concept of what it is like to be brought down by a pack of street dogs and if you survive you are forced to have weeks of rabies injections.
Anyway, the girl has since said sorry online while those with little sense of perspective continue to feel outraged.