Huffpost Weird News

Jacob Provo And Joshua Anderson Allegedly Kill Neighbor's Pet Turkey For Thanksgiving In Florida

Posted: Updated:
TURKEY KILLERS
Jacob Provo (left) and Joshua Anderson allegedly shot a neighbor's pet turkey for Thanksgiving. | Santa Rosa County Sheriff

The disappearance of a pet turkey ended in tragedy this week in the Florida Panhandle.

Police locked up two teens who allegedly shot and killed Tom the turkey, a beloved bird on the Caponi family's property in Santa Rosa County on Monday, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

The Caponis, who keep dogs, cats, roosters and a goat, said they're devastated that Tom was murdered.

"t's been a very rough two days," Caponi's wife Christa Caponi said on WTSP. "He was so friendly."

Brian Caponi began to worry when he couldn't find Tom while he fed the other 50 animals that the family owns, according to WALA. His fears deepened when he found a trail of blood leading to a larger crimson pool with feathers scattered in it. Tom had been kept in a pen for more than a year, Northwest Florida Daily News reported.

A search of security footage from cameras on the Gulf Breeze property revealed two men entering the grounds around 10 p.m. The footage showed a pickup truck that Caproni recognized as belonging to a neighbor who'd parked on his property recently, WTSP said.

Police tracked down the truck and found a dead bird inside. The driver, Jacob Provo, 18, eventually admitted that he'd killed the turkey with a bow and arrow. He said that he and his friend Joshua Anderson, the 19-year-old passenger in the truck, planned to butcher and eat the 30-pound bird for Thanksgiving, according to police.

Provo and Anderson were charged with animal cruelty, armed burglary, armed trespassing and theft of livestock by Santa Rosa Sheriff's deputies.

Also on HuffPost:

Close
Animals In The News
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Suspects accused of killing pet turkey | Fox10tv.com

Two charged with killing family's pet turkey to eat at Thanksgiving ...

Neighbor charged with killing family's pet turkey - ABC-7.com WZVN ...

WEAR ABC 3 :: Top Stories - Gulf Breeze man's pet turkey killed ...

Police: Jacob Provo and Joshua Anderson steal, kill Florida family's pet ...