With so many Americans serving in our armed forces, there are bound to be a few bad eggs. This is a story about two of those. An Army veteran and her active-duty boyfriend are accused of tying up the woman’s service dog and shooting it. As if that wasn’t repugnant enough, the couple filmed the incident, too.
Marinna Rollins, 23, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy relating to the death of her pitbull, Cam. The dog had been given to Rollins to help her cope with her PTSD.
Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, took the dog to a wooded area, shot it five times, and even joked with one another as it died.
Heng is still in the Army. Rollins had recently been medically discharged.
Rollins is the one seen in the video, though Heng also shot the dog. At one point in the video, which we’re not including for obvious reasons, Heng says “Let me hit him once.”
Rollins voice is also on the video. “It’s been real,” she says. “I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but….”
After shooting Cam, the pair drag the body around briefly before they bury the dog in a shallow grave they’d dug for the purpose.
To make matters worse, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office found multiple videos and text messages relating to the death of Cam. They arrested both Heng and Rollins and both remain in jail awaiting trial.
The dog, who had formerly been named Huey, came from the Cumberland County Animal Shelter. His death sparked an immediate backlash. A Facebook page called Justice for Cam sought attention for the crime.
The Daily Mail reports that one of the posts had a screen capture of Facebook post Rollins had posted that said “Great last day with the pooch! Sad he has to go, but he will be much happier where he is heading off to :)”
While Cam may be happier, existentially speaking, both Rollins and Heng are likely to be less happy where they’re going.