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2 men charged with killing family's pet turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

Two Florida men are accused of using a bow and arrow to kill a family’s 30-pound pet turkey so they could eat it for Thanksgiving.

Joshua W. Anderson, 19, and Jacob H. Provo, 18, are charged with armed burglary, armed trespassing, theft of livestock and animal cruelty.

Santa Rosa County sheriff’s deputies arrested the pair on Monday as they were on their way to butcher the dead bird, the Pensacola News Journal reported.


Tom the turkey was among dozens of animals that Brian and Christa Caponi kept on their six-acre property in Gulf Breeze, a suburb of Pensacola, Fla.

 “He was a family pet,” Christa Caponi told the News Journal. “It was like having a normal family dog.”

The bird was missing when Brian Caponi got up early Monday to feed the animals. Thieves left behind a trail of blood and feathers. A security camera on the property captured video of one man stealing the turkey and another running along the fence line.

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According to the arrest report, Provo, who lives near the Caponis, admitted entering the pen and shooting his neighbor’s turkey with a bow and arrow. The pair said that they planned to eat Tom for Thanksgiving, the News Journal reported.

The turkey’s body was found in the back of Provo’s pickup, investigators said.

The Caponis are mourning the loss of Tom, which they described as special among their menagerie of cats, goats, a dog, chickens and roosters.

“He was a family pet,”Christa Caponi told the newspaper. “It was like having a normal family dog.

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