Heroes for Today: All hail Ruza Pavlovic!

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If you were as sickened as I was to hear that some brain-damaged bastard had made a video of an unnamed girl throwing a bucketful of puppies into a river, you can now take a deep breath and relax. The dogs are safe, thanks to the quick thinking of a 75-year-old pensioner in Bosnia, who was on her way to work in a potato field when she “heard them fighting for their lives”, according to the Swedish paper, Aftonbladet. Ruza Pavlovic is a hero, and I’m hoping there’s good reward money in it for her; she could certainly use it until she can find new homes for those pups.

Meanwhile, the villains have apparently been found, although they are still unnamed:

The name of the girl, who is a juvenile, has not been released. But she was found after tips were received from animal protection groups in the country, London’s Telegraph reported on Friday.

Police said the girl’s parents will now be questioned.

The underage girl is from Bugojno, a central Bosnian town with a population of approximately 50,000.

A girl who claimed to be the one from the video posted a separate apology video on YouTube, CNET reported. She identified herself as Katja Puschnik.

Under one video frame, the apology said, “I would like to appologize for my behavior. The puppies belonged to my grandma and she told me to get rid of them because they were only 3 days and were ill. They had parasites from their mother. I didn’t knew exactly what to do so I thrown them in the river because it was a short death. I did not want to make them suffer. I am really sorry for this 🙁 “

The video apology has since been removed, and the girl’s identity could not be verified.

Velimir Ivanisevic, head of Sarajevo animal group SOS, said he was told the original video was filmed by the girl’s brother.

“It is a mirror of society and the fact that young people are doing such things shows how they have been raised,” Ivanisevic said.

The 44-second clip shows the young woman smiling as she picks several puppies out of a white bucket and viciously tosses them into rapidly moving river. At one point the girl exclaims “whee.”

“Whee”? What a thing to say when animals are suffering.

Katja (or whatever your real name is), I hope you don’t have any kids when you grow up. I’d hate to see what you’d do to THEM.

And if you’re smart, you’ll kick in all your allowance to Ruza Pavlovic, who is struggling to look after the dogs you tried so callously to kill.

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