Dec 9, 2015 3:30 PM

Dover man appears in court, accused of killing disabled veteran's service dog

DOVER - A Dover man has been charged with hitting a disabled veteran’s service dog with his car in Maine, and killing it.

Jesse Gosselin is being held on $500 bail after his court appearance on Wednesday.

Brian Drake and his family said it may be too light of a punishment.

“She had come over to me and sat on my foot. She looked up at me and that was it,” said Drake, recalling the first day he met Sophia, his service dog, seven years ago.


Sophia died after the traffic accident, and on Monday police arrested Gosselin.

“The car was there, and she was in the ditch," Drake said. "I had to euthanize my dog on the side of the road.”

Drake was checking the mail while this happened.

Gosselin drove off, and Drake was left on the side of the road with Sophia suffering.

“My wife, my kids you know they’re broken hearted and crushed,” Drake said.

Drake said Berwick police found glass from a rear view mirror and were able to trace it back to the car Gosselin was driving.

It is “heartbreaking for the family, so I wanted to do something for them as a whole,” said Nicole Turcotte, a family friend.

At the end of the driveway, Turcotte set up a Christmas tree with messages for Sophia, a box for friends to drop of a kind word to the family, and a donation box for pet supplies to make a donation to local shelters in Sophia’s name.

“I wanted to surprise the kids when they got home from school,” said Turcotte, who explained the Drake children have been taking Sophia’s death the hardest.

The Berwick American Legion post is also helping the family through it by creating a fund for the Drake family.

Anyone looking to assist may contact Legion members Ron Vigue or Andy Buckman at or


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