Monday, 03 September 2018 16:51

UPDATE: Search over for accused dog killers Featured

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WINTER HARBOR - The search is over for two Hancock County men wanted in connection with the dognapping and horrendous death of a small dog from town.

Nathan Burke, 37, of Hancock and Justin Chipman, 22, of Steuben and Winter Harbor turned themselves in at Hancock County Jail at 9 a.m. Tuesday.


They are charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals, burglary, and criminal mischief as well as misdemeanor theft and unauthorized use of property, according to a post on the jail's Facebook page.


The two were wanted in connection with the brutal and senseless killing of a beloved family pet named Franky who belonged to sixth-generation lobsterman Phillip Torrey.


Franky was a 30-pound Pug/Boston terrier mixed breed.


The dog was taken from his home on Aug. 24 and his severely injured and shot body washed ashore Thursday in Hancock, where it was found by the wife of Hancock County District Attorney Matt Foster.


“I hope they get everything that they can get, you know what I mean,” Torrey said Friday. “Animal cruelty, to me, that's a big thing and I don't know how high that level goes but I would say this is [was] as aggravated an animal cruelty [incident] as you can get.”


Torrey said that word spread quickly about his dog's death and that a ton of people have stopped by or stopped him on the street to hug him and to offer their condolences.


Arrest warrants were issued Friday for Burke and Chipman.


They are expected to make their first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon.


Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...

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