A North Carolina woman was shaken after she found her beloved pet dead, following a robbery at her house.
Jonsie Duke, 24, of Louisburg, North Carolina, returned home around 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 when she noticed her back door was ajar, ABC 11 reports.
When she walked into the house, she discovered the home had been trashed and many of her electronics were missing. When she went to check on her dog, Marley, in the bedroom where she kept the dog while she was at work, her pet was nowhere to be seen.
She then opened the bathroom door and noticed the bloodstained shower curtain.
“I saw there was blood all over the shower curtain, and it was shut,” Duke, a veterinary technician at Riverside Veterinary Hospital in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, told Fox 8. “When I went up to the shower curtain and pulled it back, he was dead in the bathtub.”
The 3-year-old German shepherd had died of a gunshot wound to the chest, police said.
Duke said Marley seemed to have struggled for a long time in the bathtub due to the "way the blood was smeared," according to ABC 11.
Duke said that while she was grateful to have escaped a potentially dangerous situation, she was devastated that she hadn't been there to protect her beloved pet.
"When [the police deputies who responded to the 911 call] brought him out of the house and laid him on the ground I just laid over him," she told ABC 11. "It took like five people to pull me off of him because I just couldn't believe this was real."
Duke buried Marley in the backyard along with his favorite toys. She said her cat, Phil, was also injured in the home invasion.
The woman is now looking for a new home, as the old one holds too many bad memories.
"They robbed me," she told Fox 8. "They could've just left him in my bedroom and took everything. They didn't have to kill him."
Duke has since created a Justice For Marley Facebook page to share her story and ask for help in bringing Marley's killers to justice.
A Nov. 14 post on the social media site, in which Duke urges local residents with information about the burglary to contact the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, has garnered over 180 likes, 650 shares, and 140 comments in three days.
Police are still investigating the incident and no arrests have yet been made.