Pet Pug Was Kidnapped and Killed
Two Maine men are accused of killing a 6-year-old pug mix after kidnapping him from their former boss, PEOPLE confirms.
On Tuesday morning, Nathan Burke, 37, and Justin Chipman, 22, turned themselves into the Hancock County Jail after warrants were issued for their arrest, authorities announced on Facebook. Both formerly worked as stern-men on the dog’s owner’s fishing boat — and the owner tells PEOPLE he considered both friends.
The suspects were each charged with burglary, aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal mischief, unauthorized use of property and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, authorities announced.
They are being held in lieu of $5,000 bail.
“People around here are outraged at the type of crime that has been committed,” Winter Harbor Police Chief Danny Mitchell Jr., tells PEOPLE about the slaying of the dog, named Franky.
“This family pet was taken from the safety of his own home, killed and dumped in the water, wrapped in plastic,” he says. “My goal is to get this wrapped up and get closure for the family,” he says.
Authorities were alerted to the alleged crime on Aug. 26 by Franky’s owner, Phillip Torrey, after the dog was missing when he returned home from a concert. “He said he believed it may have been two people he knows,” says Mitchell.