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ONLY ON 3: Man arrested for allegedly strangling Chihuahua

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -– For many people our pets are like our family and we mourn their loss very difficulty. What would you do if your dog was brutally killed?

Friday, Cory Morgan Gray, 24, allegedly strangled his girlfriend's six-pound Chihuahua while she was in class at Cape Fear Community College.

"I found him there, and I found little Charlie. He just looked like so in pain and so tense, and he just looked so pitiful and helpless," said Jenna Branham, the dog's owner.

Gray was booked on preliminary charges of felony cruelty against animals. After spending one hour in jail Gray was released on a $5,000 secure bond.

"If Charlie had been a person, it would be murder, but it's not. It's animal cruelty," Donna Branham said. "It's not animal cruelty. It's animal murder. He murdered this dog."

The Branham family is trying to raise awareness about animal cruelty cases such as this by starting an online petition to strengthen animal cruelty laws.

Click here for more information on their Charlie's Law.

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I call tell you in one word what you are


It makes you stupid if

It makes you stupid if you're a friend of this idiot. I don't care what you look like.

If you know him personally

If you know him personally and he's such a "GREAT" guy, then perhaps you're head is somewhere else. In my books a "GREAT" guy doesn't kill someones dog!

And great guys don't drink

And great guys don't drink and drive and kill people either. Let me tell you.. they do. Alcohol is a strong addiction that takes over the human brain and makes you do stuff that you normally wouldn't do. Im not saying don't punish him but this is a little overboard especially when most people have forgiven over worse

According to you he's a

According to you he's a "GREAT" guy... What, exactly, is YOUR definition of GREAT? A person who strangles a defenseless animal is a worthless POS.

Dog Killer=Coward

Gina, if you think somebody who kills defenseless animals is a "GREAT" guy. In addition to being a bad judge of character, you must be a piece of garbage also. I wonder if you would feel differently if it were your animal.

Am I a piece of garbage if I

Am I a piece of garbage if I read her comment?

Poor little chihuahua

How could a GREAT GUY do this??? I think he needs to sit in prison, plus I could think of many other things he needs!!! Sorry SOB!!!

I know plenty of people with

I know plenty of people with tattoos and piercings, they're great and they're not murderers so don't even go with the "being judged" thing.

This person is in no way "a

This person is in no way "a great guy". He is truely pathetic no matter how he looks. which he does look stupid. thanks for this article and picture, so the people of the city can see who this guy is!

GREAT guys do not

GREAT guys do not strangle/murder (6lb) helpless/defenseless animals!!!!!


Great guy..... might want to check your "great guy" meter.
Serial killers start out killing animals.

Another White Rasta Kook

Great. Another punk white Rastafarian wannabe(see dreadlocks) kook. Probably from a well to do family acting who smokes weed, listens to reggae, and is either unemployed or works a solid 15 hour work week. The real question is how and why these guys continually have hot girlfriends. Never ceases to amaze me. Burn one for Charlie you kook.Then get a job and a haircut.

Deplore the act, not the look

While I agree that Mr. Gray deserves a total reaming, preferably with the type of machine used to clean sewers and drainpipes, his looks have no direct tie-in to his heinous act. His family, drug use, music choice, employment and girlfriend's appearance are the only things you're talking about instead of what he did.

Unless you actually know those items to be true, you're attacking an entire group of individuals who have dreadlocks, an admittedly unusual but personal choice, instead of the actual individual who committed the act. That's neither right nor fair.

White Rasta Kook

What you have described is called a Trustafarian. And he is a heartless individual for what he did to this poor dog. Where is the love?


This has gone on LONG ENOUGH NOW! I have been an animal activist for over 25 yrs! I am a member of the ASPCA & currently am the proud "mommy" of 5 rescues!! I have been saying forever it feels like...UNTIL WE PAY ATTENTION & TAKE A STAND..TO WHOMEVER (I don't descriminate I'll speak my mind to anyone!) WE MUST GET STIFF LAWS ON THE BOOKS & FOLLOW THEM THRU...SEVERE PUNISHMENTS...NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE!! People need to understand that those of us who LOVE OUR CHILDREN 2 or 4's the exact SAME! There are SO MUCH MORE THAN "pets"!! Do you call your family members that? These are MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY!! THEY HAVE GOD-GIVEN RIGHTS TO LIVE IN A LOVING CARING NUTURING ENVIROMENTS!! Since sadly,they can't speak..they depend on us...NOT ONLY FOR KEEPING THEM SAFE BUT FOR MEETING THEIR NEEDS THEY MUST HAVE TO LIVE IN A HAPPY NON ABUSIVE HOME WHERE THEY GET their needs met!! And we are THEIR VOICES & IT'S OUR RESPONSABILITY TO MAKE SURE THEY HAVE WHAT IS NEEDED..TO HAVE THAT LOVING,CARING SAFE YOU DO A 2-LEGGED CHILD..THE ONLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM...IS OURS HAVE 4 LEGS!! That's all!! They ARE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY & WE LOVE THEM PROBABLY MORE THAN SOME OF US LOVE THE 2-LEGGED MEMBERS! However,there's a HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 legged kids & the 4 legged ones..THAT BEING...THE 4 legged kids..DO NOTHING BUT LOVE US!! They ONLY WANT TO LOVE U!! No matter if I had a bad day,what you look like,how you feel,what you wear or say or do..they're always READY TO LOVE!! Animals that I know..are smarter than any human being I've ever met!! We SHOULDN'T HAVE TO GIVE REASONS ON WHY WE WANT WHWT WE WANT..OR REASONS ON WHY WE WANT THEM PROTECTED & THOSE WHO ABUSE,NEGLECT them..should be punished as though the baby had 2 legs!! There's no difference!!
Let's review how the 4/legged baby affects our lives & society...
1) It's a known FACT people who have "pets" (I do not like referring to them as 'pets' they're babies!! But for the sake of the ignorant I will use "pets") it's a FACT that petting them lower our BP!! It's a FACT the kids raise our B/P!!
2) when the law is "trailing some one...looking for hidden drugs...finding missing people...WHO DO THEY USE?? The 2 legs? Haha' they can't find theirselves muchness another!! They don't know how to find hidden drugs...but I know some babiies do!
3) actually LIVE w/disabled people...& Look after them WAY BETTER THAN A HUMAN!!
4) helping harden criminals convicted of MURDER & other VIOLENT crimes become civil & get their anger & temer under control b/c MOST of them didn't get that from the HUMANS in their lives!!
5) and tho I could go on forever on all the positive components we are given by our "pets" ...but the most important gift they give that we will never ever ever get from ANY human is...THEY GIVE US UN-conditional LOVE!!
So this is the THANKS we give them? This is HOW THEY CAN BE TREATED & IT'S OK?? NO...IT'S NOT OK! If we killed 1 of our 2 legged kids....will the punishment be the same?
And how IS THIS ABUSE?? THIS ISN'T ABUSE....THIS IS TAKING A LIFE!! Something w/a heartbeat & requires everything the 2-legged ones They just SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION...AND IT'S JUST FINE IF THEY ARE N HARMS WAY & are MURDERED!! Shouldnt it be the other way around?? If he had murdered her kid...would be out now??
People need to wake up & realize that our "pets" are NOT PETS!! THEY ARE LITERALLY MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILYZ!! They deserve to be treated legally as the 2-legged ones!! The way both good & bad...needs to be equal! And I really hope these idiots who make our laws will STOP for a second...and if they don't want to invest time which isn't needed really...all we have to is...WHATEVER PUNISHMENTS THAT WOULD BE IMPOSED HAD THE VICTIM HAD only 2 LEGS!! So whatever the punishment is for murder of a kid...that SAME punishment SHOULD BE EXACTLY THE SAME!!! Because they are OUR children!! Get with the program I'm all for same punishment!! Meaning...the crime thats done=punishment that would have imposed had they had 2 legs!!

justice for Carlie

amen to that,there no difference in a life is a life... Carlie had a life...n he took that he needs to pay with his !!

I guess your forgetting all

I guess your forgetting all those lovely 4 legged family members that have mauled those two legged family members to death. I do admire your passion though!

Animal cruelty against Charlie

I hope that justice is served for little Charlie. He was a six pound dog horribly killed by a 180 pound man. So wrong on so many levels. RIP sweet Charlie. He was a little dog with such a huge heart and family that loved him so passionately. Let's all do our part to make sure his death was not in vain and help make animal cruelty laws harsher. My heart goes out to Charlie's family.

I live next door to half a

I live next door to half a dozen Chihuahuas. They all need to die. Can someone get me this guys number?

He'll do kids next!

Yeah, and I live next to a screaming yard of kids whose parents don't give a #### about them. Hey, Cory, come and strangle a few brats to shut them up!

How about

community service @ the Carolina Beach Road zoo? Tending to the big cats -- especially the tiger and liger. Either would make short work of him whether hungry or not. But maybe coat him with the juices of raw horse meat before he enters the enclosure.

Animal cruelty against Charlie

Perfect punishment for the crime. He would get a good taste of feeling little and helpless against his terrifying fate.

He was in jail for an

He was in jail for an hour???? This sicko needs to go to PRISON where (I sincerely hope) he will be tortured by people much larger than him & be terribly abused on a daily basis...I hope this coward lives the rest of his pathetic, worthless life in fear...always having to look over his shoulder & crying himself to sleep each night, praying that he will just not wake up in the morning. I pray that he is tortured, beaten & bullied every second of every day for the rest of his useless existence.

strangled dog

It would have been much better if he had locked the dog in a back room. I personally would not strangle a dog but I can understand a person feeling like doing it. Those little Yappy, high pitched hyper type dogs are extremely annyoying. Yap- Yap- Yap at every little sound. ughhhh

i have known tons of

i have known tons of chihuahuas that have been kind and gentle souls. maybe you should be locked up too

Dog strangled

What kind of monster does this?! How would he like it if someone twice his size chokes him? What a complete scumbag!! He needs a lot of jail time for what he did to this innocent animal!!!

Wow, this guy better go

Wow, this guy better go ahead and leave town. What a dirt bag.

What a macho man

Big man to strangle a tiny little dog. I hope this criminal has a life of misery, pain and suffering. No, he probably won't do a bit of jail time, because dogs are viewed as possessions by the courts and not loving members of one's family.

The girlfriend is lucky it wasn't her. Anyone who could be so cruel to an animal is not far from doing the same to a human.

What a scumbag.

Animal Cruelty! He murdered the animal;

I hope that this murderer is no longer Jenna's boyfriend because if
he will harm an innocent animal, think what he will do to Jenna if
he gets angry with her!?