WORLD DEMANDS JUSTICE FOR HUEY, A SERVICE DOG WHO WAS BRUTALLY MURDERED BY AN ARMY VETERAN
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Huey was a pitbull dog who patiently waited at a shelter for someone to adopt him and promise him a forever home. He was adopted by a military service member (his name is withheld for privacy reasons) for emotional support during his separation from his estranged wife Marinna Rollins. But tragedy struck. Huey was tied to a tree, and shot 10 times in the head by Army veteran Marinna Rollins, and her live-in boyfriend Jarren Heng, who is currently AD (active duty) Army. Rollins and Heng intentionally, deliberately, and cruelly tied Huey to a tree then proceeded to shoot him 10 times in the head, followed by "burying" him in a shallow grave in the woods on or near Ft. Bragg, NC. Both defendants were arrested 25 April 2017, but Heng bonded out on 27 April 2017. As of the drafting of this petition, Rollins is still in custody at the Cumberland County Detention Center in Fayetteville, NC. The whereabouts of Heng are unknown at this time, but he may be in military custody. We could not confirm this. Both Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng videotaped the beating and killing of Huey and posted the videos to their Facebook pages. It is clearly evident in the still pics that Rollins is drinking as she is holding a liquor bottle.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office released details of how the incident was initially posted to Facebook via videos of the incident. Investigators also said the veteran, 23-year-old Marinna Rollins, and 25-year-old Jarren Heng shot the dog five times each while tied to a tree, and both denied knowing the whereabouts of the dog when questioned.
Rollins estranged husband, who asked not to be identified, claimed the Rollins told friends she was Huey's owner, contrary to the fact that he was the legal owner of Huey, according to Animal Control records.
Animal Control received a call in reference to the shooting of Huey. The caller said the shooting was recorded on videos linked to a Facebook page belonging to Rollins, which has since been deleted. Before the death of Huey, Rollins was heard on video stating that "her dog had to go to a happy place". Heng filmed Rollins shooting the dog Huey, and both could be heard giggling on video as Huey lay dying.
We have talked to several LEO's (law enforcement officers), court officers, animal rescue groups, the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA, and have made them all well aware of this case. The court dates for both Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng is 16 May 2017 at 0900 at the Cumberland County Courthouse (Courtroom 2B). We plan on being in that courtroom, and we have promises from almost 100 people that will attend as well. Huey was a sentient being. He had a heartbeat, he was a living gift from God. All animals, in my opinion, are gifts from God.
WE ALL DEMAND JUSTICE FOR HUEY! We also request that both defendants, Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng be forever prohibited from owning any type of firearms, and a lifetime ban on owning any type of animal, regardless of species or breed. Huey was deemed an ESA dog without permission from his legal owner. Marinna Rollins apartment complex do not allow dogs, so she had to register him as an ESA for her PTSD. Marinna Rollins and Jarren Heng have NO compunction about committing acts of violence towards animals, which could easily escalate with violence towards humans. Even though Huey is at the Rainbow Bridge waiting for Matt, he has never had a voice, now we are his voice. Huey could not defend himself. He TRUSTED Rollins and Heng, without conditions. We cannot imagine what Huey endured that fateful night. It is VITAL this petition be delivered to the appropriate authorities and court officials, but most importantly to the Judge who will be presiding over this case.
North Carolina General Statutes states that animal cruelty crimes and the killing of an animal is considered a Class H felony. After some research by one of the sources close to this case, it was discovered that a Class H felony only requires probation. We, therefore are also petitioning to change the Statutes to be revised to reflect a change in the penalties for such a crime to be tried as a Class F felony that mandates no less than 10 months in a state prison, but no more than 41 months of incarceration in a state prison.
We believe, and request, that anyone found guilty of animal abuse/cruelty and/or murder of an Emotional Support Animal be held to the maximum penalties for a Class F felony.
Here is a link to the news article in the Fayetteville Observer:
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