Maine Veteran Faces Charges For Allegedly Shooting Dog On Camera
A Maine Veteran is accused in North Carolina of tying her service dog to a tree and shooting it repeatedly while her boyfriend took video.
WLBZ-TV reports 23-year-old Marinna Rollins is charged with felony animal cruelty while her boyfriend, 25-year-odl Jarren Heng of Nebraska, is accused of conspiring in the crime against the woman's medical service dog. The animal was a grey and white pit bull.
Officials say the pair took the emotional support dog out to a wooded area, tied it to a tree, and each shot it five times. Rollins then dragged the dog to a shallow grave. Heng, who is an active duty serviceman, filmed the entire incident. That video was later posted on Facebook.
The Fayetteville Observer reports the dog was originally adopted by Rollins' ex-husband from North Carolina's Cumberland County Animal Control and named Huey. He was a sweet dog who followed his owner everywhere. But when the man was shipped out to Korea, Huey was left with Rollins, who renamed him Camboui and nicknamed him Cam. Rollins ex-husband told reporters that he's devastated by what happened to his former dog.
There's no word on what prompted the pair to kill the animal, but Rollins had posted on Facebook, expressing regret that the dog had to go to a happier place. She's accused of sending text messages, allegedly confessing to the shooting. Rollins suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among other emotional issues.