Thieves Kill Pet Turkey With Bow and Arrow for Thanksgiving Dinner

"Friendly" Tom was never meant to be eaten.

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One Florida family had to spend Thanksgiving without their turkey, because two men kidnapped and killed their pet bird with a bow and arrow.

The robbery happened in south Florida, where Tom the turkey lived as a pet on Brian and Christa Caponi’s 6-acre property. Despite his hefty 30-pound size, the Caponis didn’t think of Tom as food. “He was a family pet,” Christa Caponi told the Pensacola News Journal. “It was like having a normal family dog.”

Early on Monday, Brian Caponi got up to feed their 50 animals and realized something was wrong. There were blood and feathers in Tom’s pen, and Tom was nowhere to be found. Caponi turned to his security cameras, which confirmed his fears — the video showed one man snatching Tom while another ran along the fence.

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Caponi went to the police, who tracked down two men who admitted that they had entered Tom’s pen and shot him with a bow and arrow. They then slung the animal into the back of their pickup truck. When the police caught up with them, they said they were on their way to butcher the bird in preparation for Thanksgiving. Police arrested Joshua Anderson, 19, and Jacob Provo, 18, and charged them with armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty, reports the Pensacola News Journal.

This Thanksgiving, the Caponis are coming to terms with the loss of a friend. “It’s been a very rough two days. He was so friendly,” Christa told the PNJ. “My husband and I are big animal lovers. Our animals are very close to us.”

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26 comments
JeffKrogue
JeffKrogue

uhm, killing a Turkey for dinner is animal cruelty?  There are going to be a couple hundred million americans arrested for accessory to commit animal cruelty then.  Its straight up theft.

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

That is why they call Florida Americas Wang. It is full of these idiots... I hope they kill these 2 in jail, with a shank to the privates... 

Hey Florida, have you finished counting your ballots yet, it should not be too hard, considering you can only count to ten, because then you run out of fingers.. or eleven, for all those white trailer trash guys who walk around with their fly open...

ZacharyZimdars
ZacharyZimdars

So instead of going to the store like normal people, stupid teenagers have to go into mischief and do crimes which will follow them forever

TomJJJJ
TomJJJJ

What complete asses.

Dave0626
Dave0626

Would like to see Joshua Anderson, 19, and Jacob Provo, 18 make full restitution, plus do 30 days of 8 hrs a day hard labor. Doesn't matter what it is, just so long as it benefits society and makes them feel miserable.

richardgarrison
richardgarrison

turkeys are evil animals.  you'd have to be abnormal to keep them as pets.  of course this is in florida....

Gumboz1953
Gumboz1953

@richardgarrison   You got it backwards, chum.  Humans are evil.  If you think turkeys are "evil," that means you think they understand right from wrong, and choose to do wrong.  If that's the case, we are killing intelligent beings every year for "thanksgiving."  Like I said, humans are evil.

TomJJJJ
TomJJJJ like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

I wonder about you Richard

TedHaigh
TedHaigh like.author.displayName 1 Like

@richardgarrison Great job of ignoring a family's pain, Richard. Even you perhaps once had someone who cared for you. Excellent dismissiveness over others' feelings followed by more assertions not labeled as mere uncredentialed opinions, culminating in one great big blithe non sequitur, exhibiting your powers of unmarshalled, insensitive bombast. Well done!

richardgarrison
richardgarrison

@TedHaigh @richardgarrison whatever... obviously you've never been around turkeys.  They are evil, stupid animals.  No, it doesn't excuse the criminal behavior of the turkey poachers.  But you have to wonder about people that would keep turkeys as pets in the first place.  Sounds like the whole group are people dying to get a reality show on TLC.  This behavior is disgusting.

DWileyOne
DWileyOne

@richardgarrison  not all turkeys are evil although there are some that have a nasty temper when provoked or challenged, similar to geese. And like all animals, there are those that have gentle personalities, too.

gw4hw4u6ey6
gw4hw4u6ey6 like.author.displayName 1 Like

execute them. no room for human trash in the 21st century.

AlexanderThomasVranas
AlexanderThomasVranas

@gw4hw4u6ey6 For a damned turkey? It makes me mad too, but seriously? It takes a sick person to wish death on others for something like this... This is the 21st century, start acting like you live in a 21st century civilization!

YouKnowIt
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If someone trespassed onto my property with the intention to steel my property AND hurt/kill a living creature that I LOVED I believe that person should be killed if the victim sees it fit. I'd shoot those men if I could get away with it. The problem with society is that we've gone too soft--so rapists, murderers, thieves, perverts, etc. have no real consequences.

TomJJJJ
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I'd shoot them too.  The world it too crowded with humans and they are worthless ones.

NaughtForya
NaughtForya

>The robbery happened in south Florida,

 No, it happened in Gulf Breeze, which is in Northwest Florida, near the Alabama border.

jkantor
jkantor like.author.displayName 1 Like

They just wanted a White Trash Thanksgiving.

zrxninja
zrxninja like.author.displayName 1 Like

Post thier faces on Youtube. Just punishment to teach kids to respect other peoples property.

PatrishDehler
PatrishDehler like.author.displayName 1 Like

We have a lot of dumb  people in Florida - sad for the family - and the turkey.

CynthiaLapin
CynthiaLapin like.author.displayName 1 Like

Isn't it against the law to kill another person's pet?

steve10ny
steve10ny

@CynthiaLapin 

Yeah.  That's why they were armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty.  Didn't you read the article??

clara
clara

@steve10ny  animal cruelty can be irrelated to interdiction directly related to the pet status of the animal; and burglary, armed trespassing and theft have nothing to do with the pet status neither; so no, her question is not answered by this article. You think you make some point but you're just rude steve

dmr569
dmr569

What is this?  Sherwood Forest?