An army veteran and her active duty boyfriend are being charged with animal cruelty after killing a service dog and posting the video to Facebook.
Marinna Rollins, 23, and Jerren Heng, 25, of Fayetteville, North Carolina are being held on $25,000 bail and face felony prison time. Rollins adopted the pit bull mix from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter last year to help with her PTSD. She changed the dog's name from Huey to Cumboui, and in January 2017, she separated from the army.
On April 16, she posted a disturbing video of herself and Heng shooting the dog five times before burying him in a shallow grave. Photos also posted to Facebook show the couple posing with the dog as it's tied to a tree. In the video, Rollins is heard saying,
"It's been real, Cummy. I love you. You're my puppy. You're a good puppy but..."
The video shows Rollins shooting the dog five times with a rifle. In the background, Heng says, "Let me hit him once!"
The couple then moved the dead dog to a shallow grave and covered him with what officials describe as a kind of sheet.
Cumberland County Animal Control was alerted of the footage shortly after it was posted, and officers interviewed Rollins about the incident. She claimed to not know where her dog was and denied the charges. But when officers presented her with the video proof, she gave several excuses as to why she shot the dog. One of those excuses was that it was too expensive to care for the pit bull mix.
The matter was then passed on to the sheriff's department, and Rollins was arrested on Tuesday. Heng, who surrendered to police on Monday, is also charged with felony animal cruelty. The DA's office plans to use the video evidence in court. Friends of Rollins' hope the charges will force the veteran to get the help she needs for her PTSD.
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