The army veteran who killed her therapy dog as her boyfriend filmed the incident and posted it to social media has been found dead, possibly by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Marinna Rollins, 23, was under investigation for animal cruelty charges stemming from the killing of her service dog, Camboui, on April 16. She had Camboui certified as a therapy dog to assist with her post-traumatic stress disorder earlier this year, but in mid-April, she posted a cryptic message to Facebook, indicating the dog was going to be euthanized.
What came next is nothing short of a nightmare.
Rollins and her boyfriend, Jarren Heng, an active-duty service member, can be seen laughing and drinking beer in the videos they made as they shot Camboui in the head repeatedly with a rifle. An anonymous tip led North Carolina animal control and police to Rollins’s address, where they arrested her on April 20. Heng turned himself in four days later.
According to CBS News, both Rollins and Heng were facing felony animal cruelty charges with substantially higher bail limits than usual. Rollins’s bail was increased from $10,000 to $25,000, and Heng’s from $5,000 to $25,000, because of “aggravating factors and the cruel nature of the case,” the judge commented.
With the doors shut, and the air stagnating, temperatures within a hot car can top 170 degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s no environment for a human, let alone a small animal, through countless pets are left to die in these conditions year after year.
In New York, recently, 29-year-old Roger Chilson was arrested after allegedly leaving his dog in a vehicle where the internal temperature rose above 110 degrees. 5-year-old Shadow couldn’t handle the extreme heat, and after about 50 minutes, the Boxer mix passed away.
According to Inside Edition, the vehicle was turned off, and Shadow was left with little ventilation as the sun beat down on the car. He was dead before officials from the Ontario County Humane Society even arrived on the scene.
“The temperature of a car goes up incrementally, very rapidly,” Ontario County Humane Society Chief Bill McGuigan told InsideEdition.com. “A normal dog’s body temperature is around 101, 102 [degrees]. Anything over 103 and a half is life threatening.”
Chilson has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal, and lodged in the Ontario County Jail.
Early Tuesday morning, an employee was starting her day at the Georgia Welcome Center, just across the South Carolina border, when she noticed a garbage baglying next to a trash can.
In an effort to tidy up, she bent down to put the bag back into the bin, but stopped in her tracks when she heard a pained cry.
There, inside the trash can, shiny marble eyes belonging to a tan Chihuahua weighing no more than 6 pounds stared back at her.
The staffer immediately lifted the scared animal out of the bin and brought her inside. Not sure what to do with the abandoned dog, and fearful that her supervisor would arrive any minute, the woman called a coworker who had previously volunteered with Hart County Animal Rescue for advice.
The dog, now named Carolina, was brought to the vet, and held overnight for observation. “She was wet, cold, hungry and scared to death,” Judy Partain, director of Hart County Animal Rescue, told The Dodo. After a week of freezing rain in the area, it seemed a miracle that the frail, young dog had escaped the worst.
Did you ever get so excited that you just can’t hide it? Despite her rough start in life and landing in an animal shelter, Matilda the Pit Bull puppy constantly smiled. At the Douglas County Animal Shelter, they discovered she had stomach worms, irritated skin, and wasn’t feeling too good. The whole time, she wagged her tail anyway– and always looked so happy.
Pibbles & More Animal Rescue’s coordinator, Teresa Bowles-Chiofalo, took notice of the happy pup and decided to get her a foster home. When the woman went to get the puppy, this is the face she made during the car ride. The rescue group posted the photo to their Facebook page and said, “She is pure, pure joy.”
It didn’t take long for Matilda’s foster parent, Kerrie Rich, to fall head over heels in love with her. Rich reports that Matilda fits in with her other foster dogs, plays with toys, and hangs out with the neighbors, too! We are so happy she found someone to take care of her!
Shelter dogs have a tough enough life just waiting everyday for someone to come and rescue them. However, shelter dogs in Arkansas are facing another danger that threatens their life.
The Humane Society Of The Delta in Arkansas had their shelter dogs targeted by a monster that is breaking in and using them for bait dogs. They believe someone intentionally opened many of the cages of the shelter dogs. They are unsure if they brought in their own fighting dog or just put multiple shelter dogs, especially pit bulls, in one kennel to fight for sport.
The staff came in to find multiple dogs with puncture wounds. “The scene was straight out of a horror film. It was a bloodbath. Kennels had been destroyed in the mayhem to give you an idea of the kind of fighting and violence that took place,” posted the shelter after the first attack.
Rubio, a 9 year old lab mix, had the most injuries and was fighting for his life. Thankfully, he was rushed to a vet where they are caring for him and he is slowly improving. The shelter put out a plea to have people donate to help cover the medical bills of the injured dogs and for a security system. They went on to ask for help installing it.
One day, Audra Petraškienė from Lithuania saw a sight that she wishes no one ever has to see. What she saw shook her to her core, but she’s glad she saw it, as it helped save a dog’s life.
When Audra was driving along a riverside, she noticed a wet, shivering dog on the riverbank. She also saw something horrific – there was a metal weight tied to the dog’s neck. Audra immediately got out and rushed to the dog’s aid.
The dog had a makeshift anchor tied around his neck and was then thrown into the river. But the brave little dog, named Toriuk, fought and swam his way back to the riverbank. Fighting her tears, Audra took the dog back to the vet, where it was confirmed that the anchor weighed more than 13 pounds!
A stray pregnant Pit Bull was wandering the streets of York, South Carolina, all by herself on a cold winter day.
Animal Control officers picked her up, but instead of bringing her to a shelter, they contacted a local rescue to see if they’d take her in. It was best that this sweet mama-to-be give birth at a rescue in a comfortable setting as opposed to a scary shelter.
Halfway There Rescue agreed to take her in and later named her Daya. Sadly, Daya lost her babies in utero and on top of that, she had a bad infection that required surgery. Thankfully, everything went smoothly and she went to live with a foster where she could recuperate.
Daya was now safe, but one important thing was missing: her babies. Staff noticed that Daya would take in socks and toys and act like they were her babies, perhaps to fill the void.
Rescuers came upon a horrific sight when they were walking on an Albanian city street. Hero, 8-year-old dog, was wondering the streets with his eyes recently gouged out. The poor dog had endured so much cruelty and pain, yet he trusted humans to help him.
Rescuers brought the dog to Blind Dog Rescue UK, a charity that specializes in helping blind and partially blind dogs in Europe. There are no words to describe how staff felt when they saw the cruelty Hero had suffered. The rescue group was able to find a safe home to rehabilitate Hero in at Halfway Home Dog Rescue.
“He had his eyes sewn up after managing to fight off a terrible infection.” Hero’s suffering was not quite over. He was examined by a vet and found a cancerous tumor that needed to be treated.
Dogs look at their family as their pack and would never abandon them. People need to look at dogs as members of the family and not as disposable objects when life changes. A loving 3-year-old German Shepherd was dumped by his family because they found out they were having a baby.
The young dog named Rocco was hunched over and shaking like a leaf in the back of a kennel at Dallas Animal Services. His family abandoned him there and he did not know why. His sad eyes looked up asking ‘why am I here?’ to anyone who walked by. A shelter can be very stressful with all the unfamiliar smells, noises, and people.
For this innocent Husky, named Cloud, his entire life existed bound to a chain, living outside. While the breed is known for their resilience in cold weather, this is NO LIFE for a domesticated Husky that belongs inside a loving home.
Cloud had never seen the inside of his owner’s house. Not once! For 15 long years, he spent each day all alone, living in his own waste.
He never had the chance to curl up at his owner’s feet or lie in front of a warm fireplace. Instead, he was forced to live in squalor like he didn’t even matter.
Then something happened, a miracle in disguise. His owner’s house was so badly taken care of that the roof actually collapsed. It was rotted out from so much water damage. When this happened, and people arrived on the scene to investigate, they saw Cloud. The poor senior Husky living outside on a heavy chain was in clear violation of the law.
Libre’s law protects animals like Cloud. They are only allowed outside alone for 30 minutes in extreme temperatures. Since he was also chained up and living amongst waste, the SPCA was called immediately.