Deputies say a dog was killed with a baseball bat, and then burned on a trash pile.
Now two people are under arrest for animal cruelty.
Onslow County deputies have charged Michael Gibson and Jessica Magdalenski, both of Mitchell Lane in Maysville, with cruelty to animals and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Deputies say in mid-October Onslow County Animal Control received a call about possible animal abuse. Officers found the burned body and blood spatters on the outside of the house and called in deputies for assistance.
The couple told authorities that the dog tried to attack the woman and her young child, and was aggressive toward other animals in the house. Gibson told deputies that they used a baseball bat because no one had a gun.
Both people posted bonds of $5,000 and released from jail.