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Pistol-whipped Manchester robbery victim's dog struck, killed after attack, says friend

By SHAWNE K. WICKHAM
New Hampshire Sunday News

April 20. 2018 11:06PM




This advertisement convinced Dave Follansbee to adopt his dog Maddie. Follansbee's dog was struck and killed by a car after she took off following an attack on Follansbee Thursday at his First Nutrition on Second Street in Manchester.

MANCHESTER — A city man is recovering from severe head and facial injuries after he was pistol-whipped during a robbery at his store Thursday afternoon.

But friends say his worst pain is yet to come.

After the attack, Dave Follansbee’s beloved dog, Maddie, ran away from the scene and was later struck by a car and killed, according to Rocco Boulay, a longtime friend.

Boulay visited Follansbee in the hospital and said his friend was unrecognizable after the assault.

“He’s got all kinds of broken bones in his face,” he said.

Boulay couldn’t bring himself to tell his friend about Maddie, the 25-pound terrier mix Follansbee had adopted a couple years ago.

“I just can’t do that,” he said. “I’d be sobbing in there like a baby.”

“He knew Maddie got out and everybody was looking for her,” Boulay said. “What a tragedy. It’s a double-whammy for the poor guy.”

Follansbee is a bodybuilder, but he’s a mild-mannered man, Boulay said. He told Boulay he doesn’t recall much about the attack but he remembers a man came into the store wearing a mask and a hat, brandished a gun and a bag, and ordered him to “fill the bag,” he said.

The two fought, and the robber smashed Follansbee on the left side of his face multiple times with the gun, Boulay said. His face covered with blood, Follansbee staggered into the pizza shop next door, calling for help, according to witnesses.

Manchester police on Friday said that no arrest has been made in the case. On Thursday, authorities were looking for a white man, about 5-foot-7, who was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants. A dark-colored Chevrolet pickup also was seen leaving the scene just before police arrived but authorities do not know whether the vehicle was involved in the incident.

Follansbee and his dog were inseparable, Boulay said; Maddie went with him every day to his Second Street shop, First Nutrition.

And that’s where she was when her master was robbed and attacked Thursday afternoon. At some point, Maddie apparently ran out of the shop.

Boulay spent all night walking the neighborhood, calling for Maddie, hoping “if she would hear my voice, she would come to me,” he said.

He posted her photo on social media, asking for help to find the little dog. And Friday morning, a woman contacted him with terrible news: Maddie was dead. “She said she swerved not to hit her and then the car behind her did,” Boulay said.

Follansbee’s Facebook page features a photo of Maddie with the phrase: “Anyone who says ‘money can’t buy happiness’ has clearly never paid an adoption fee.” And in October, 2015, he posted Maddie’s photo, calling her “my baby girl, my love.”

“This was her baby pic on PetFinder.com when I saw her and fell in love,” he wrote.

Boulay lost his own beloved dog, Buddy, 15 months ago and he knows the pain that awaits his friend. “He’s going to be devastated,” he said.

Asked what people can do to help Follansbee, Boulay said, “I don’t know.”

“His face will heal,” he said. “His heart, it’s going to be different.

“That’s going to take a lot longer.”

swickham@unionleader.com


Manchester


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