June 16, 2021

Woman whose dog was killed in burglary is given a new puppy


LUMBERTON, N.C. — Life changed for Jonsie Duke in November when her home was broken into and her three year old German Shepherd was shot and killed.

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

Her story went viral and when South Carolina German Shepherd breeder Carolin Hogue saw it she decided she had to help.

Hogue said one of her dogs had just had a litter of 10 puppies before coming across the story.

Once she read about what happened, she said she had to give one away. Hogue said that after seeing Duke’s reaction Saturday, it made it all worth it.

“I feel blessed too being able to do this…definitely blessed,” Hogue said

Jonsie Duke cried as she held her new puppy — more than a month after her cherished 3-year-old German Shepard Marley was killed during the burglary.

“Oh my God.. hey baby!” Duke said as tears streamed down her face and she lunged forward to pick up her new puppy who was in the bed of a pickup truck.

The little dog named Ziggy immediately began licking Duke’s face.

“It’s great. It’s really nice to hold him and see him and to have him,” Duke said. “He’s making me feel a lot better already!”

On Saturday, Duke and Hogue met in a parking lot where Duke was given the  German Shepard puppy by Hodge.

“I am extremely grateful. I am grateful for her for driving all the way here and being willing to give me one of her babies,” Duke said.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case of Duke’s dog being shot and the burglary.


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