Couple fatally shoot older dogs and try to bury the five puppies alive

In Goldsboro, North Carolina animal cruelty officers from  Wayne County Animal Control rescued five puppies after their owners tried to bury them alive.  After the couple shot the older dogs, they dug a grave, and place the tiny ones in the grave to bury the five puppies alive.

“They had already been placed on top of the deceased, and was fixing to be covered,” stated animal control officer James Smith to News10. “I took the two adult animals out of the hole, the dirt, bagged them, and then I took custody of the puppies.”

A neighbor had called deputies after seeing headlights behind an abandoned farmhouse. Deputies found a gun in the farmhouse believed to have killed the bigger parent dogs. Authorities arrested Marquise Christopher Johnson and Emily Ann Gray. Each have been charged with five counts of animal cruelty. Additional charges could be levied, depending on the results of the necropsies of the two dead dogs. Johnson faces an additional firearms charge.

The puppies are currently in the care of Wayne County Animal Adoption and Education Center. There are three males and two females. Fortunately, the three-week-old puppies were able to be placed with a surrogate mother who had been nursing them.  Volunteers are able to nurse the pups with baby bottle if needed. The shelter is hoping a rescue organization can pitch in to help; the puppies won’t be ready for adoption until mid-February.

(Photos of couple trying to bury the five puppies alive screenshots via News10.)

 

18 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Those poor dogs! What is wrong with these people? I’m a so sick of heartless, evil people doing things like this to innocent animals. I pray the puppies thrive and find loving homes.

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  2. Becky Harris says:

    Seems to me the charges should be more severe but I guess we’ll wait and see what is decided regarding the adult dogs. put the couple away…they deserve much, much more but at least let justice be served.

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  3. Cathy Rolley says:

    So sad that the adult dogs were killed.I hope the puppies find good loving homes.These kind of people are evil cowards.I don’t understand how anyone could do something so cruel.Thank you to the person who called deputies,if it wasn’t for you calling these poor puppies would have suffered a horrible death.They ought to bury the the evil cowards who did this alive.If I had my way all the people who do such evil things to animals would get buriied alive after first getting beaten by us people who care about the animals.But I can’t have my way so I hope they get the hardest sentence they can get.NO PLEA BARGAINS NO LIGHT SENTENCES NO SECOND CHANCES.GET TOUGH ON THEM AND STAY TOUGH.If they didn’t want the dogs they never should have gotten them in the first place.My heart goes out to the poor adult dogs.I didn’t know you dogs but I love you ,you are both in a special place and God will care for you now.AGAIN I WANT TO THANK the PERSON WHO CALLED THE POLICE YOU SAVED THESE PUPPIES LIVES AND HELPED CATCH THESE EVIL COWARDS.zz

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  4. Jennifer says:

    Poor fur babies . This happen to 2 babies Chihuahuas I rescued the owner before set mom.dad and 8 babies put gasoline and set them on fire. Thank God for the lady and her son. Every one of the fur babies are fine and he can’t have any more animals and he is doing 6 years

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