Military officials are investigating a video posted on YouTube that appears to show a Marine hurling a puppy off a cliff, the Marine Corps Times reports. The video shows a Marine joking with buddies in a rocky landscape before throwing the animal. An official from the Hawaii base where the Marine is thought to be stationed called the video "shocking and deplorable."
The statement from the base said the behavior would not be tolerated from a Marine, and noted that there had been many stories of military personnel rescuing animals. The video has drawn thousands of outraged comments online, along with speculation that the Marine may have been throwing a dead puppy—although a PETA spokeswoman said it was appalling behavior in any case.