Two men from Winter Harbor, Maine surrendered to police on Tuesday in connection with the brutal death of a family’s dog. Nathan Burke, 37, and Justin Chipman, 22, have been arrested and charged with burglary, theft, unauthorized use of a vehicle, aggravated criminal mischief and aggravated animal cruelty.
A press release from the Winter Harbor Police Department explained in detail what happened to Phillip Torrey’s beloved pug named Frankie. On August 26, the nightmare began after a break-in. Torrey notified police someone had entered his home while he had been out of town attending a concert. The burglars had stolen his Hummer SUV, damaged his vehicle and at the same time stolen his dog.
Photos of Frankie went viral, and everyone was on the lookout for the adorable pooch. Sadly, Frankie’s fate had already been sealed in the most despicable manner. The 30-pound Boston pug’s body washed ashore in Hancock on Thursday – he had been severely beaten and shot. Frankie’s tortured little body was discovered by the wife of Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster.
“There is a special place in hell for someone who shoots a dog in the throat and then packs it in 5 layers of plastic and drowns it,” Foster wrote on Facebook. “I hope I get to prosecute you…”
In an evil twist, Torrey knows the two men charged with killing his dog; he was shocked. In a special tribute to Frankie and Phil Torrey, the Winter Harbor Police Department posted their sympathies for the loss. The former friends admitted to taking the vehicle and the dog, but contended Frankie jumped out of the car and ran away. Both men denied harming the dog.
After the Hummer was found, Frankie’s leash remained on the back seat; on the hood of the vehicle a bullet casing remained.
“The Winter Harbor Police send our thoughts and prayers to Phil Torrey and his family over the loss of “Franky”. We will continue to work tirelessly to bring this to resolution for you and our community.”
The family wants justice for Frankie. Who can blame them?
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