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Afghan War Veteran's Dog Shot to Death in Swansea

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by Mark Curtis, ABC 6 Investigative Reporter

The owners of a four month old puppy named Junior want to know who killed him over the weekend.

Junior was found shot to death in the woods along Bushee Road in Swansea.

The puppy was a gift to Kenny Freeborn who recently returned from his second tour of duty with the Army in Afghanistan.

"So after everything he saw and went through in Afghanistan, he comes home to have this puppy to play with and get used to being home again, and adjust to civilian life, and now here's this puppy shot," said Kenny's brother-in-law, Larry Signore.

Family members say Kenny was just too upset to be interviewed by ABC6.

Reporter Mark Curtis said, "I spoke to Swansea police who were called out to investigate and while they agree the dog's death is tragic, they believe this simply may have been a careless hunting accident."

But Swansea investigators are keeping an open mind and will look at any new evidence.

So too, is retired Providence police officer Ed Scallon who lives on the property with his wife and two stepsons.

"You know what we used to say on the job? One more coincidence, ain't a coincidence," Scallon said.

That's because the shooting death of Junior, was not the family's only loss.

Jake, their Collie-mix, went missing, the same day as Junior.

The family is offering a two-thousand dollar reward for Jake.

"If he's still alive and you know where he is at, let me know. But good luck, hopefully someone sees him," said Korey Freeborn, Jake's co-owner.

And believe it or not, a third family dog was poisoned to death back in September.

"I don't know what's going on. My wife and I, and Korey and our family don't know what's happening. We're just very upset about this," said Ed Scallon

Anyone with information on Junior's death, or the other two dogs, should call Swansea Police.


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