Georgia woman wanted by police after throwing injured puppy into ocean


Georgia woman who threw her puppy into the ocean is wanted for aggravated animal cruelty after the dog was found with such severe injuries it had to be put down

  • Candy Selena Marban, from Gainesville, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals
  • She told officers that the dog had been injured a week prior but she did not have any money for medical treatment and decided to throw it into the ocean instead
  • The puppy was taken to a veterinary and Marban was not immediately arrested  
  • Witnesses called police when they saw the incident unfolding around 3pm on September 12
  •  Tybee Police is  working along with Gainesville police to locate Marban










A Georgia women is wanted by police after she threw a puppy into the ocean leaving it with such severe injuries it had to euthanized. 

Candy Selena Marban, from Gainesville, has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Police in Tybee Island responded to the area of South Beach after a 911 call around 3pm on September 12 claiming there were ‘people throwing a puppy into the ocean.’

When they arrived at the beach, they found the puppy curled up in the sand, said Tybee’s Police Public Information Officer Emory Randolph.

Marban was questioned and given a city ordinance citation for cruelty to animals.

She reportedly told officers that the dog had been injured a week prior but she did not have any money for medical treatment and decided to throw it into the ocean instead.  

Marban told officers that the dog had been injured a week prior but she did not have any money to treat it. Pictured is Marban next to the puppy after police arrived at the beach

Marban told officers that the dog had been injured a week prior but she did not have any money to treat it. Pictured is Marban next to the puppy after police arrived at the beach 

Police took the puppy to Savannah for emergency medical treatment but the veterinarian determined the injuries it had sustained were so severe that it had to be euthanized

Police took the puppy to Savannah for emergency medical treatment but the veterinarian determined the injuries it had sustained were so severe that it had to be euthanized 

Beachgoers in the South Beach area of Tybee Island witnessed Marban throwing the puppy into the ocean and reported her to the police

Beachgoers in the South Beach area of Tybee Island witnessed Marban throwing the puppy into the ocean and reported her to the police

Police took the puppy to Savannah for emergency medical treatment but the veterinarian determined the injuries it had sustained were so severe that it had to be euthanized. 

Once the puppy was put down, Tybee Police secured a warrant for Marban on the felony charge.  

As of Monday, Marban’s whereabouts were unknown.  

In Tybee Island, a person who is found guilty of committing an act of cruelty against an animal faces fines of not less than $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

On September 20, police released an update on their Facebook page announcing they were working along with Gainesville police to locate Marban. 

Ppolice released an update on their Facebook page announcing they were working along with Gainesville police to locate Marban

Ppolice released an update on their Facebook page announcing they were working along with Gainesville police to locate Marban

'New information suggests that she may be in the Savannah area, but she could be anywhere,' said a statement from Tybee Police on Facebook

Tybee Police said that they are pursuing leads they have received about the case involving Marban, and asked people to contact the department with any information

Tybee Police said that they are pursuing leads they have received about the case involving Marban, and asked people to contact the department with any information 

‘First, we appreciate all of your help. We are aware that Marban has ties to Gainesville, GA and have been in contact with law enforcement there for several days. 

‘New information suggests that she may be in the Savannah area, but she could be anywhere,’ the statement read.

Facebook users reacted to the post and voiced their disapproval of Marban’s actions.

 ‘Awful…hope they find her and prosecute her to the fullest! She should not be able to own another dog!’ said Carol Bryan. 

Lina Soucie said: ‘Thank you for bringing awareness to this type of cruelty! The lack of animal cruelty laws in the south needs to change and this is a great example!!!’

Tybee Police said that they are pursuing leads they have received about the case.  

Anyone with information about Marban can contact Tybee Police at (912)786-5600.

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