Franklin County woman’s dog shot, killed during home burglary

LOUISBURG, NC (WNCN) — Franklin County deputies are investigating after a dog was shot to death during a home break-in in Louisburg.

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CLICK TO VIEW 20 PHOTOS OF DUKE, HER DOG MARLEY AND HER HOME, WHICH WAS ROBBED

Deputies said they’ve been working non-stop this weekend on the case.

Right now, there are no suspects, but the Moulton Road homeowner is doing everything she can to get justice for her dog.

“I just really want to find who did this to my dog,” Jonsie Duke told WNCN.

Duke, who is a registered veterinary technician, has been living in her Louisburg home for several years.

“It was just me by myself, my dog Marley, my German Shepard, and all of my kitty cats,” said Duke, who has five cats.

After getting off work Friday, Duke said she got her 3-year-old German Shepard Marley some toys and quickly headed home.

“My door was slightly cracked open,” Duke said.  “For some reason I didn’t think too much about it.”

She said that changed very quickly.

“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 bathtub.”

Duke said Marley had been shot in the chest. One of her cats, Phil, was also injured.

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

Marley is now buried in the backyard along with his favorite blanket and toys. Phil, the cat, was missing for a while, but was finally found and is now limping and shaken up, Duke said.

Marley’s story has gone viral. Duke has gone to social media and shared this story with #JusticeforMarley.

Duke said she has heard from people across the United States, Europe and as far as Japan, all sending their condolences.

WNCN spoke to the Franklin County sheriff Sunday afternoon and at this time, no arrests have been made.

If you have any information, call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 496-2186.

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