By: Melissa Toupin
UPDATE on a story ABC6 first brought you Monday:
Three shot gun shells and a tree stand found just feet from where Junior the yellow lab was found shot to death in the woods along Bushee Road in Swansea. Mounting evidence, the dogs' family says, that Junior's death was not accident.
"I don't know of any hunter that after he makes a shooting or a killing doesn't come and look at his game," said Ed Scallon the dog owner's stepfather.
The puppy was a gift to Kenny Freeborn a combat veteran who recently returned from a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
"He is the fellow that found his dog," said Scallon. "He was crushed as we all are."
But Junior wasn't their only loss. Jake, a collie, went missing the very same day. Other family pets have also been harmed. The family believes they were poisoned.
"One more coincidence is no longer a coincidence," said Scallon who is a retired Providence Police officer.
It was that thought process that led the family back in the woods where they found the shells and tree stand.
Scallon did a little bit of digging and it turns out the shot gun shells aren't typically used by hunters in this area.
"They were sold to African hunters and were used to kill elephants," said Scallon. "They're high powered rounds that you just wouldn't find in the United States."
Junior's family turned the evidence over to Swansea Police late this afternoon. All they want is closure.