WARNING: Contains images of animal abuse
An army veteran reportedly tied her therapy dog to a tree and shot it repeatedly, while her partner filmed the brutal scene.
Marinna Rollins, who suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), is seen in the footage carrying out the violent attack on the white and gray pitbull, laughing as she does so, reports ABC Eyewitness News.
Cumberland County District Attorney Clark Reaves confirmed the dog was given to Rollins, 23, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, as part of a course of therapy, after the army veteran was diagnosed with PTSD.
According to court documents, Rollins shot the dog, named Camboui, five times with an assault rifle.
In the video a woman’s voice was heard referring to the animal as ‘Cam’ and ‘Cammy’ throughout, adding, ‘It’s been real … I love you, you’re my puppy, you’re a good puppy, but…’
Rollins and her partner, 26-year-old Jarren Heng – who is also a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg – were taken into custody on Tuesday and have been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy over the incident.
The pair allegedly dumped the dog’s body in a shallow grave in the wooden area where the murder was carried out.
On a Facebook page, ‘Justice for Cam’, where the video was initially posted, the pair claimed Camboui was sick and they were putting the dog out of its misery.
However another Facebook page that has been set up called ‘Justice for Huey’ claims Rollins changed the dog’s name from Huey and that he belonged to service member Matt Dyer – her estranged husband.
Rollins joined the army in February 2014 but was medically retired in January after serving in South Korea.
This tragic incident – and the needless death of an innocent animal – should serve as a warning about the consequences of PTSD and poor mental health after service.
Hopefully, Rollins will get the support she needs from the appropriate health services. Meanwhile, Rollins and Heng are both being held on $25,000 bond.
If you are suffering with PTSD – or are worried about someone close to you – please contact PTSD UK.