An Army veteran and her Fort Bragg soldier boyfriend are facing felony animal cruelty and conspiracy charges after video surfaced of the couple tying a service dog to a tree and shooting him multiple times, laughing.
Marinna Rollins, 23, and her boyfriend, Jerren Heng, 26, took a gray-and-white male pit bull named Cumboui, Rollins PTSD service dog, into a wooded area of North Carolina in mid-April. After tying the dog to a tree, Rollins shot her dog several times while Heng videotaped the incident.
In January 2016, Rollins adopted the dog, then named Huey, from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter to provide support as a PTSD service dog.
Police said that before shooting the dog, Rollins posted a photo of him to her Facebook page, posting that she “was sad that her dog had to go to a happier place.”
Heng can be heard in the background of the video asking Rollins to let him shoot the dog, too.
Following Rollins, Heng can be seen shooting Camboui another several times in rapid succession, while the couple laughed and continued filming.
“They can be heard on the tape laughing and giggling as the dog was being killed,” Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves said at the couple’s first court appearance on Tuesday.
It was a close friend of the couple that posted video of the shooting to Facebook, in hopes that it would draw attention and lead to punishment.
In the video, a female voice can be heard talking to the dog. “It’s been real … I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but…,” the female voice says. She is then seen lifting his lifeless body and placing him in a shallow grave, then draping a white sheet over him.
In addition to the video evidence, police say Rollins sent text messages to friends, confessing to the shooting.
Rollins and Heng, both of Fayetteville, North Carolina are being held at the Cumberland County Jail. Rollins is being held on $25,000 bond. Heng, whose bond was set at $5,000, had a court appearance Tuesday.
Police are finalizing their investigation, after which they’ll present their findings to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution.