FAYETTEVILLE, NC — An active-duty Army soldier and his girlfriend, an Army veteran, are accused of fatally shooting their own service dog. Cam, the dog's name, was meant to treat PTSD as an emotional support animal — now dead.
25-year-old Jarren Heng and his 23-year-old girlfriend Marinna Rollins remain at the Cumberland County Jail tonight after they filmed themselves shooting the defenseless canine, tied to a tree and repeatedly shot with a rifle before being buried in a shallow grave in a dark forest.
The ruthless pair could be heard giggling and laughing in the video that surfaced on Facebook, video that will rightfully doom them in court. "I want to pop him!" Jarren yelled after Rollins delivered five fatal shots mostly to the head of the innocent dog. Five additional shots from Heng ensued.
According to court documents, Heng is a member of a special operations unit in the U.S. Army while Rollins was medically discharged from the Army in January. Rollins adopted Cam, then 2 years old, from a shelter in 2016 and had gone through the certifications for him to be a therapy dog to treat PTSD.
"It's been real, Cami. I love you. You're my puppy. You're a good puppy but...," Rollins could be heard saying as she placed her dead dog in the grave.
Cam was a healthy pit bull who was not ill or injured in any way before the shooting nor showed any signs of aggression. Trying to find a new home for him before the shooting, Rollins cited on Facebook that the costs of owning a dog were becoming burdensome.
Lying in an April 17 Facebook post, she claimed Cam found a new home and he "will be much happier where he is heading off to."
Now in trouble with the law, Rollins changed her story. Now she claims that Cam was ill and needed to be put down.
Heng was arrested on Monday and Rollins on Tuesday, both charged with felony cruelty to animals and conspiracy.
UPDATE MAY 8, 2017: Out on bail, Marinna Rollins was found dead by police at her apartment on Sunday, May 7 from an apparent suicide.