Soldier, wife charged with drowning puppy
Posted January 22, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
Fayetteville, N.C. — A Fort Bragg soldier and his wife were charged Thursday in what Cumberland County authorities called a horrific case of animal cruelty.
John Garrett Burrow is accused of tying the legs of an 8-month-old puppy together, attaching the feet to the dog's nose with military parachute cord and tossing the dog into McFadyen Lake in Fayetteville.
The lab mix, named Riley, had run away from home on at least two occasions and had reportedly been injured, authorities said. The dog's body washed up on the shore of the pond on Jan. 2.
Burrow had posted on Facebook shortly after Thanksgiving that Riley was being treated in Charlotte for a broken femur. But he and his wife later claimed they couldn't afford the veterinarian bills.
Burrow, 22, of 440 Georgetown Circle, was charged with felony cruelty to animals. Kelsey Caroline Burrow, 20, of the same address, was charged with being an accessory after the fact, which is a misdemeanor.
Bond for John Burrow was set at $10,000, provided he would be released to his unit commander. He is expected to make his first court appearance Friday.
Kelsey Burrow was released under a $2,000 unsecured bond.