Judge orders soldier to carry photo of dog on him at all times

Fort Bragg soldier John Burrow and his dog Riley

(Fayetteville, NC) A 24-year-old soldier at Fort Bragg has been ordered to carry a photo of his dead dog in his wallet wherever he goes.

John Garrett Burrow pleaded guilty to felony cruelty to animals for purposefully drowning his puppy in a pond in late 2014.  His wife, Kelsey, faces a misdemeanor charge for being an  accessory after the fact.

Police said Burrow hog-tied his 8-month-old Lab mix, named Riley, with 550 cord and tossed him into a lake in Fayetteville.

Riley’s carcass was found when it washed up on the shore of the lake in January, 2015.

According to WRAL, Burrow’s neighbors said they gave him and his wife hundreds of dollars after they claimed Riley had been injured and they couldn’t afford to pay veterinary bills.

Burrow’s plea agreement requires him to spend 30 days in jail, complete 100 hours of community service -possibly at the local animal control- and two years probation.

He is also banned from owning any pets for a period of five years and required to carry a picture of Riley in his wallet everywhere he goes.

His felony conviction will be wiped form his record upon successfully completion of his plea agreement.

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