Veteran Marinna Rollins has been charged with cruelty to animals after allegedly tying a service dog to a tree and shooting him five times execution-style.
The 23-year-old was charged Tuesday along with Jarren Heng, an active-duty soldier stationed at Fort Bragg, who reportedly filmed the event and took turns shooting the dog, The Fayetteville Observer reports.
Both Rollins and Heng were charged with cruelty to animals and conspiracy. The bail for the two was initially set at $10,000 and $5,000 respectively. Due to the nature of the charges, the judge granted a bail increase to $25,000 for the both of them because of “aggravating factors and the cruel nature of the case.”
The gray and white pit bull service dog, named Cumboui, was supposed to help with Rollins’ emotional support for her post-traumatic stress disorder. Rollins retired from the military for medical reasons in January and obtained the dog from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter in January 2016.
Court documents state that Rollins and Heng took the dog to an unknown area on April 16 or 17th, took photos with the dog and then tied him to a tree.
Rollins then allegedly took out a rifle and shot the dog, whom she called Cam, five times.
The Fayetteville Observer obtained a copy of the video, which shows both Rollins and Heng laughing after Cam was hit with gunfire.
“Let me hit him once,” Heng said.
Rollins then took the dog and dragged him around for a bit for dumping his body in a shallow grave.
“They can be heard on the tape laughing and giggling as the dog was being killed,” Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves said Tuesday, when Rollins and Heng appeared in court. “It was a therapy dog.”
Rollins joined the Army in 2014 and served as a multimedia illustrator.
A friend of Rollins told The Fayetteville Observer that she often got into arguments with her superiors and “made up a lot of stories.”
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