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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.
Can someone please post the addresses of these two? I'm up for a road trip.
To paraphrase Gandhi, the morality of a person, persons, or nation can be measured by the way their animals are treated. These individuals are soulless pieces of garbage. Jail is too good for them!
Why is it the southern states have more animal cruelty than the rest of the U.S.? I read so many terrible articles that come in to my email box as I subscribe to a few animal sites. Esp. dogs. Cruel, is the defining word. The puppy mills, the dog fighting the total abuse of crazy people like the ones above. Why can't the citizens that are outraged to make an example of abuse by staging a public outcry with posters of these people and their fines and jail time. I personally do not think fines make any difference. They, the abusers need to be punish like never before within the law. So, judges make the law work. they are on the books, aren't they???
Another brain stem proving how sick some people are…. He needs a bullet to the brain and put him out of his twisted existence no good piece of garbage.
Let me have these two for a mere 5 minutes each……
people like these psychopathic cowards cannot be rehabilitated and prison is too good for them, an eye for an eye tie them to a tree and shoot them while laughing
prison or the legal system is too good for these pathetic cowards that shoots a puppy n video tapes it…..eye for an eye tie them to a tree and shoot them while laughing.
I would like to tie them both to a tree, and shoot them several times, and laugh while I do it
They are both sick son of a bitches
They should not even have any bail
They should be left in jail to rot
I hope some of there fellow in mates here what they did, and get a hold of them, and let them both have it good
They deserve nothing less.
Sick,sick people,hope the Army gives him dishonorable discharge,this is not the kind of American soldier that represents our country…our Soldiers and Vets have honor
not a cowardly act like this.
Debra A Gannonsays:
Kill them.. Plain and simple.
She should know better to abuse a dog or even shoot it. That dog was here for a purpose to protect her. She shoots it instead. Rot in jail.
This is what happens when we go to war for no reason. Soldiers come back maimed psychologically for no reason. The dog is an afterthought.
What cowardly idiots ,makes me sick.
Those POS better get what they deserve. If they get a slap on the wrist for that horrid action I am personally going to call the DA's office and let them know what I think. WTF is wrong with people in the south? I just read another story of a woman in South Carolina taping her dog's mouth shut!!! WTF is wrong with the people in that part of the country. So how many does that make in the region 4- 5- 6!!! dogs having their mouth taped. One hung out in the woods. They caught that sicko. These people who do these crimes need to rot in jail or have the same thing done to them. If you don't punish these people next time it could be a child.
What's wrong with these people is their ignorant rednecks and probably in-bred! Someone said it was probably because of seeing action in a war zone. Bull, people like this have no heart and should be put to sleep for good. If the police aren't killnig dog's and cats now others are. I would shoot anyone who killed one of my dogs as they are my children. These two need to pay with their lives for what they did to this innocent dog, who was only there to help the sick bitch!
This shows these people are really sick mfs. How can these people be trusted to protect us when they have no morals and are so depraved? These are the types who do horrible things to prisoners. They are mental cases.
Veteran/soldiers or not the pieces of crap need to go. And I don't want to hear any PTSD crap either. Waste of DNA!!!
Both of them deserve no mercy. Personally, I think they should be turned over to people like me who can't stand animal abusers and don't want them to share the air I breath. I would do the same to them. Guaranteed.
They both need to be in prison. At minimium…a state prison for at least 5 years each. NO BAIL/BOND!! Or don't waste our tax payer money on them and send them to N. Korea for life!
That sounds appropriate Nan.