Marine Accused Of Drowning Puppies Goes Before Judge

A Marine faced a judge today, after being accused of drowning two puppies then throwing them away in a trash bin near his home.

Jacksonville police say 21-year-old Cpl. Benjamin Link is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of disposition of dead domesticated animals.

Arrest warrants say Link drowned a pit bull puppy and pit lab retriever, then put the animals' bodies in a plastic bag and improperly dumped them into a trash bin.

The Marine Corps says Link is based at the New River Air Station, assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26.

Link is also charged with assaulting a government official after police say he headbutted an officer trying to arrest him.

Link is in jail under a $25,000 dollar bond.


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  • by Anonymous on Mar 7, 2012 at 01:57 PM
    Wake up America is right! We need to stop telling people what to do with their own body!
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      by Grandma on Mar 7, 2012 at 08:48 PM in reply to
      Not if what they do with their own body causes the death of another!
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    I'm wondering why there are so many comments about this story? Yes, he is a sick jerk but labeling the entire Marine Corps as trash? Really? Why don't you thank a Marine for you freedom to express your opinions about them. And another thing...is anyone concerned about the registered sex offender who exposed himself in the library or maybe the guy who was arrested the day after being releaased from prison? How about the kid who murdered (3) students and wounded (2) others in Ohio?
  • by Are you Ready? Location: OBX on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    I'd like to take this wimp off the coast of hatteras in my boat about 5 miles and see if the marine corps taught him how to swim....
  • by RJ Location: Gvle on Mar 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM
    All this hoopla about the drowned/murdered puppies which is sickening enough, but NO ONE is writing about the millions of innocent babies that are murdered each year from abortions!!!! This world is SICK! (let's see if this will even make print)
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      by Anon on Mar 11, 2012 at 09:41 PM in reply to RJ
      Of course, everything has to be led back to an abortion issue. No one's even talking about that, go away.
  • by Marine Location: Jacksonville, NC on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    I knew who he was. He killed them and had no remorse for doing it. He said they ruined his computer so he was mad. Come to find out later after he did it he came in home and was sitting on his computer like nothing happen. Admitted to people when asked if he killed them and he just looked at him and said yes. He is a very sick indiviual. Those were innocent animals that didnt deserve that. Eye for and eye in this case i believe! He is the reason why Marines get bad names and doesnt not to deserve to walk around saying he is a marine at all!
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      by X on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:15 AM in reply to Marine
      You should be held accountable for knowing this. Do you think animals don't deserve protection under the law? Its honorable you would admit these facts, but do you realize you are witholding evidence? Just something to think about....you really should retain a lawyer. And oh yes, we know who you are.
  • by CatKicker on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:59 AM
    Will I get locked up for putting a clothes pin on a cats tail or whirling one around in a pillow case for 20 seconds then dumping him out?
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      by ENC on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to CatKicker
      IDK, but, depending on who witnesses it, you might get beat up.
  • by animal control Location: real world on Mar 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM
    The Onslow Animal Shelter kills cats and dogs every week and dumps them in the landfill. You have to pay a drop off fee there. What is the big deal here?
  • by Mr. Random Location: N Topsail on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:36 PM
    Dont be silly people. Act as if you have an education before commenting. this isnt youtube. I'm a Marine who has served over in combat and been combat wounded. I am not crazy, a rebel to society, a drunk or any of that. I'm actually a religious man who came to this website just to volunteer my help with the local family who lost 3 loved ones. I love puppies just as much as the next guy, but we've got double murders and mall shootings going on but yet this is the hottest topic. I guess 1 bad seed is now the mascot of the USMC. Lol. I'll pray for you goofy Americans tonight. Shouldnt be allowed to own pets? You guys are too much. WHo's gonna help me build a house?
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      by ENC on Mar 6, 2012 at 08:12 AM in reply to Mr. Random
      Maybe it's such a hot topic because it's been proven that those who injure, torture, or kill animals USUALLY MOVE ON TO PEOPLE, genius.
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        by Not me on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:47 AM in reply to ENC
        He's already a Marine...trained to kill. Maybe he was just practicing.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 5, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    Sick , Sick , sick. With the life these troops lead, they should no be allowed to have animals. I once took a dog that a soldier drove 2 1/2 hours to find a home . He contacted a relative of ours and we took the dog rather than have it shot. He was told to "get rid of it" before a deployment. Too sad about these pups.
  • by country girl Location: beaufort co on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    Thats nothing! On the farm we use the pond,a gun, or an axe.That's just life and death. Chickens,pigs,cows,birds,fish.....hypocrites where do you think meat comes from? You haven't thought past Food Lion I guess. haha!!! Ride 20 miles to a shelter that puts stray dogs in a box and uses truck exhaust to "humanely" do him in. Certainly no pain there!!! My bullet is far more humane, quick and certain. You say take them to a shelter so they can be adopted. Fat chance!The last two I tried...... no room, full up! Guess all the bleeding hearts forgot to go rescue. What a shame on you. Thousands die every month. What's up with that? You humans can't bear to look at life out side your narrow lives. By the way ,have you spoken up lately for the 200 million babies ya'll abort in this proper society? They don't have the rights that you give your cute helpless pets. So, you've got your right to murder humans but are outraged when puppies are killed! how nice! where does your heart bleed?
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      by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:36 PM in reply to country girl
      "You humans"? What are you, an alien?
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