"I was killed by hunters…" begins a family's plea for justice for their beloved dog, Zoey. The Meyer family said they found Zoey, their 1.5 year old Labrador Retriever, shot by an arrow near their home in Rome, Wisconsin on Monday. Devastated by her death, they posted a photo of Zoey with her story on Facebook and within a few days the post went viral receiving close to 155,000 shares.
Chris Meyer's post reads:
"Town of Rome, Wisconsin - This is Zoey's story. I was killed by hunters the weekend of 10/25/13. I went missing on 10/25/13 at about 9:00 A.M. When my family was looking for me they asked some hunters (Neighbors) if they had seen me. They stated they did on 10/25/13 at about 9:30 A.M. They stated they threw sticks at me because I was disrupting their hunting but have not seen me since. On 10/26/13 my family asked the hunters (Neighbors) a second time if they seen me. They said no. My family searched for me every day for hours and hours, shouting, calling, walking miles but could not find me. On 10/28/13 my family found me 30 feet from the hunters (Neighbors) tree stand with an arrow hole through my back and neck. I was left to suffer and die. My body was in clear view of the hunters tree stand and path. It is undeniable to say I could not have been seen. My family loved me and is devastated by my murder. Please help me and my family bring justice to the hunters (Neighbors) who wrongfully murdered me. Share my story to everybody and let the world know I did not deserve to die."
Talking with the LA Times, Tanya said she had let Zoey and their other dog, Maggie, out on Friday morning. Maggie came back moments later, but Zoey did not. When Zoey did not respond to Tanya's calls she grew worried as the forest surrounding their home is often used by hunters. The family began to search for Zoey and asked neighbors if they had seen her, but they did not find the young dog. Then on Monday, Chris found Zoey lying on her side with an arrow wound to her neck. A hunter's tree stand was close by.
A police investigation is currently underway and although the Facebook post indicates Zoey was on a neighbor's property, police are not releasing details as to where Zoey was found. With the details surrounding Zoey's death still being investigated, the family and police are not identifying the neighbors or the location of the hunter's tree stand until the police investigation is completed.
Since their post went viral, the family has received an outpouring of support from dog lovers around the world. The family has been comforted by the well wishes and sympathy they have received. But Tanya said she will miss not having Zoey grow up with her baby daughter. The two shared a special bond and she was looking forward to the pair growing up together. The family has also been offered a new dog, but Tanya said it is too soon to replace the dog they adopted from Adams County Humane Society last year.
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