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2 charged after 2 dogs found shot to death at Wayne County home

Posted January 17

Marquise Christopher Johnson (left), and Emily Ann Gray.
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— Five puppies were taken from a Wayne County home Sunday after deputies found two dogs that were shot to death on the property.

Wayne County authorities said they were called to a home in the 600 block of Antioch Road around midnight on Sunday morning to a report of two people digging a hole and shooting into it. When deputies arrived, they found two people covering up the hole.

Deputies found two adult dogs that were dead along with the five living puppies.

Animal control officers took the puppies and the dead dogs.

Authorities said Marquise Christopher Johnson told deputies he shot the dogs because they were sick and couldn't be cured. Johnson later changed his story, saying the dogs were growling and biting him, so he had to shoot them.

A second person, Emily Ann Gray, was also arrested. Gray was charged with animal cruelty, according to online court records.

Johnson was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting a public officer, simple possession of schedule VI drugs and two counts of animal cruelty.

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  • Janet Ghumri Jan 17, 4:13 p.m.
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    It sounds like he's trying to justify animal abuse /torture .
    I'm not clear on the wording of the article. Were the five (live) puppies buried with the dead adult dogs? That is animal torture, especially since the person who called said that these vile humans were shooting into the hole, and then they filled it in. They deserve the maximum penalty.

  • Benjamin Kite Jan 17, 11:48 a.m.
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    I read this as: Convicted felon with illegal gun commits 2 counts of violent crime, 1 count drug abuse, and 1 count of perjury. I DO NOT FEEL SAFE with this person living free in North Carolina.