Puppy Tossing David Motari Expelled from Marine Corps

June 21, 2008

David Motari, Expelled from the Marine Corps for Tossing a Puppy to Its Death, in a Bebo Picture

Remember this fellow? The clean-cut young man is actually Lance Cpl. David Motari, 22, who is being expelled from the Marine Corps for hurling a puppy to its death from a cliff in the vicinity of Haditha, Iraq. This cell phone video, first seen on YouTube on March 3, sparked public outrage over Motari’s animal cruelty. The Marine Corps released a statement calling the video “shocking and deplorable” and “contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine.”


Motari, who served in the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment and was scheduled to be discharged in December, is from Monroe, Washington, near Seattle. His parents, Ranaye E. and Steve Mortari of 24419 Florence Acres Rd. in Monroe, received death threats subsequent to the video’s YouTube appearance. Ranaye Motari recently defended her son. In a written statement published in the Everett [Washington] Herald, she wrote:

David Motari in Iraq, Where He Served for Seven Months in 2007

“A moment of using bad judgment does not portray the true character or integrity of my son David. It does not show that when he was home on leave, the last thing he would do was buy soft dog food for our aging dog ‘Bear.’ It does not show the kind and gentle heart of a young man who served his country for 3-1/2 years of his life. Nor does it show the battles he fought in Afghanistan or Iraq; that he fought for the freedom of the people of Afghanistan, Iraq and the United States of America! Those of us who know him from the heart support him 100 percent. The video released does not alter our opinion of him. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Life goes on no matter how much grief we may be in. My son’s life will go on as will ours. We will never forget that David Motari served his country! Thank you to all who chose not to be judgmental in this matter. And thanks goes [sic] to our servicemen and women who sacrifice their unselfishness to serve our country. God Bless!”

Mrs. Motari, a real estate agent at Century 21 North Homes Realty, Inc. of 102 E. Main St., Ste. 1, Monroe, WA 98272-1500, seems to be having a hard time selling her statement, based on remarks at the company’s website. Comments appearing there today included:

  • “Fascinating…A woman who raised her child so carefully and attentively that he kills puppies on international media outlets. If she put that much care into raising her son, I can only imagine the dedication and comp****ion she’d have toward helping me purchase a home.”

  • “Her son is the best puppy tosser I’ve ever seen! He is the puppy tossing champ of Iraq. The little dweeb has ruined his entire family…”

  • Adam Snow wrote: “Use any other agent but R. Motari…There are plenty of real estate agents in Monroe, why use the mother of a puppy killing coward.”

  • “Happy Day! I just read about your son’s exploits on [a] CNN page! Wow, how proud you must be. Congrats on all the well deserved attention, your family must be beaming with pride. Not only an internationally known puppy killer but a disgraced military reject as well. God bless you all! :)”

  • “Great help…I was having a really hard time finding a home with a puppy torture chamber, but Ranaye really helped me out. Most agents looked disgusted when I asked for a house with a puppy torture chamber, but not Ranaye. Turns out she was into puppy torture as a hobby too! It was great, we just clicked right off the bat. The house had a good sized dungeon, lots of sharp instruments, and even a deep pit for throwing puppies into. The last one was [a] terrific surprise, because I had never seen that before. It works really well too! You just hog tie the puppy (so it can’t move if it survives the fall) and then grab it by the scruff of the neck and give it a toss. You should hear their pathetic yelps as they fly through the air. Really makes me feel like a man! Ranaye has promised to come by and try it out herself when her son is in town. We’ll make an occasion out of it. Start with some great food and wine, maybe some thoughtfull discussion of current politics, then torture some puppies!”

Marine Crismarvin Encarnacion, Who, in a Moment of Brilliance, Taped David Motari's Puppy Toss in Iraq

Both Motari and Sgt. Crismarvin Banez Encarnacion (left), who filmed the incident with his cell phone received an unspecified “non-judicial punishment,” although the Marine Corps declined to provide specific details, citing Privacy Act concerns. Encarnacion is assigned to the Weapons and Field Training Battalion at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California.

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