Unusual sentence for soldier who drowned dog

John Burrow (WTVD)

A Fort Bragg soldier who intentionally drowned his 8-month-old puppy in 2015 was ordered by a judge Tuesday to keep a photo of the dog in his wallet for the next two years while on probation.

Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons handed down the unusual sentence after accepting John Burrow's guilty plea to a charge of felony animal cruelty.

Ammons also sentenced Burrow 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service, which he may serve cleaning out the cages at Cumberland County Animal Control.

Police said Burrow tied up the pup named Riley then threw the animal into MacFadyen Pond. On Jan. 2, 2015, the dog's body washed ashore.

Investigators said Burrow told them the mixed lab-shepherd pup had run from home several times, and he and his wife could not afford the veterinarian bill after the dog was hurt.

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