NC woman receives puppy after dog is killed in burglary

A woman in North Carolina, who discovered that her dog had been shot and killed in a burglary, receives a new puppy.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (WNCN) — A North Carolina woman, whose dog was shot and killed during a home break-in last month, received a new puppy for free from a South Carolina breeder on Saturday afternoon.

Jonsie Duke cried as she held her new puppy, more than a month after her cherished 3-year-old German Shepard, Marley, was killed during the burglary.

“Oh my God…hey baby!” Duke said as tears streamed down her face, and she lunged forward to pick up her new puppy in the bed of a pick-up truck.

The little dog, named Ziggy, immediately began licking Duke’s face.

“It’s great. It’s really nice to hold him and see him and to have him,” Duke said. “He’s making me feel a lot better already!”

The tragic break-in, burglary and shooting took place at Duke’s home near Louisburg on Friday, Nov. 13.

Duke got off work as a registered veterinary technician that afternoon and went home, only to find the grisly discovery.

“I saw that my TV was missing and my living room had been ransacked,” Duke said.

As Duke kept walking, she said she noticed more things missing: another TV, an XBox and Marley.

“I saw there was blood all over the shower curtain, and it was shut,” Duke said. “When I opened the shower curtain he was dead in the bath tub.”

Duke said Marley had been shot in the chest.

“They robbed me,” she said. “They could’ve just left him in my bedroom and took everything. They didn’t have to kill him.”

Duke’s story went viral with the hashtag #JusticeforMarley.

A South Carolina dog breeder, Carolin Hogue, saw the WNCN story about Marley and decided to help.

Hogue, from Columbia, says one of her dogs just had a litter of ten puppies, before coming across the story. Once she read about what happened, she said she had to give one away.

On Saturday, Duke and Hogue met in Lumberton, where Duke was given the German Shepard puppy. Hogue said that after seeing Duke’s reaction, it was all worth it.

“I feel blessed to being [sic] able to do this,” Hogue said.

“I am extremely grateful.. I am grateful to WNCN for helping me and Carolin getting hooked up, and grateful for [Hogue] for driving all the way here and being willing to give me one of their babies,” Duke said.

Marley is now buried in the backyard along with his favorite blanket and toys. Phil, one of Duke’s cats, was missing for a while but was later found, and is now limping and shaken up.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case.

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