A former soldier and her boyfriend face felony charges of animal cruelty and conspiracy after a video surfaced that appeared to show the pair tying her dog to a tree and shooting him numerous times with a rifle while laughing.
Marinna Rollins, 23, was taken into custody Tuesday. Her boyfriend, Jerren Heng, 26, was already in custody, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
Cam was a service dog given to Rollins because she suffered PTSD
According to a police report, Rollins and Heng took the gray-and-white male pit bull named Camboui to an unknown wooded area on April 16 or 17. When they got there, she tied the dog to a tree and then shot her pet in the head with a rifle.
She shot him five times, according to the report. Heng was heard on the video asking Rollins to let him shoot the dog, too.
The Facebook page Justice for Cam posted a screen shot purportedly from Marinna Rollins saying that Cam was going to a good home, with Heng saying ‘He’s gonna have such a great new life’
A Justice for Cam Facebook site sprang up almost immediately, and a screen grab purporting to be from Rollins’ Facebook page shows someone who appears to be Rollins saying ‘Great last day with the pooch! Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to :)’
Heng then wrote: ‘He’s gonna have such a great new life.’
Rollins was being held on $10,000 bail and Heng on $5,000 bail, but after an outcry by animal lovers, their bails were raised to $25,000, according to the Justice for Cam Facebook page.