North Carolina woman whose dog was killed in burglary gets new puppy

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — A North Carolina woman whose dog was shot and killed during a home burglary last month got a new puppy for free.

WNCN reported that Jonsie Duke cried tears of joy as she met Ziggy for the first time on Saturday afternoon.

A dog breeder in South Carolina had heard about Duke’s tragic story and wanted to help. So they arranged to meet and the breeder gave her the puppy at no charge.

“Oh my God… hey baby!” Duke said with tears streaming down her face as she met her dog.

Duke lost her 3-year-old German Shepherd named Marley after somebody broke into her Louisburg home in November.

Duke said she returned home from work to find her home had been ransacked, with several items missing, including a TV and an XBox. Marley had been fatally shot in the chest.

“I saw there was blood all over the shower curtain, and it was shut,” Duke previously told WNCN. “When I opened the shower curtain, he was dead in the bathtub.”

Duke has since buried Marley in the backyard with his favorite toys. She said her cat, Phil, was also injured.

No arrests have been made in the case.

“I feel blessed too being able to do this,” said Carolin Hogue, the dog breeder who gave the puppy to Duke.

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