FAYETTEVILL, N.C. — Marinna Rollins told her Facebook friends on April 17 that she found a new home for her PTSD therapy dog, Cam.
Instead, she and her boyfriend, soldier Jarren Heng, are accused of shooting Cam multiple times with a rifle execution-style. Authorities said they filmed the incident.
“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 therapy dog.”
Rollins, 23, and Heng, 25, both of the 5600 block of East Netherland Drive, have each been charged with cruelty to animals and conspiracy, arrest documents said.
Heng was arrested Monday evening and Rollins was arrested Tuesday afternoon. Arrest documents said Rollins attempted to avoid apprehension by the Sheriff’s Office.
Bail for Heng was initially set at $5,000 and at $10,000 for Rollins.
However, Reaves successfully advocated for each of their bail to be increased to $25,000 while they came before District Court Judge Toni King at 2:30 p.m. at the Cumberland County Detention Center.
Reaves told King he was asking for the increase “due to aggravating factors and the cruel nature of the case.”
Cam was a sweet dog who loved people despite the betrayal he faced by several of them. A stocky pitbull, Cam’s dark gray patches on his white fur made him look like a miniature cow.
When he was around 2 years old, his first owner dropped him off at Cumberland County Animal Control. Cam, then known as Huey, was put up for adoption. Friends of the Cumberland County Animal Shelter, a group of animal shelter volunteers that aim to find homes for animals, put his photo up on Facebook in December of 2016.
“Please someone show this boy what a real loving forever home is,” the group wrote under his photo. “He is super-friendly, very sweet, calm and loving. He just wants someone to love him and give him a chance.”
Source: Fayetteville Observer