The two Boxers were playing outside when tragedy struck.
Scott Fuller knew something was wrong when he called the dogs in and only one returned. Before he got a chance to go looking, one of the dogs called Zeus led Scott to where the other dog was.
In a clearing, Scott made the dreadful discovery. His 6-year-old dog Hera was dead.
Scott believes that Hera was killed by local hunters.
What makes the situation even worse for Scott and his family is not knowing whether the person to blame will ever be charged over the tragedy.
Mistaken for coyote
Scott told Valley News Live:“Looks like she’d gotten up for one more try. Got another two or three feet, and that’s where she died.”
It is believed that the hunter used a mechanical broadhead arrow point, which was what dealt the fatal wound to Hera. The hunter claims he thought he was aiming at a coyote. But Scott isn’t convinced by this claim.
“After the buck ran, there pops up Hera. It sounds like he said at first, he thought it might have been a coyote. But this is what he says. Then he shot, and he could hear it was clearly a dog,” Scott added.
“I don’t buy it, because I saw the stand and I saw the shooting range. I mean, Hera looks nothing like a coyote. He just shot her. And he didn’t even bother to look.”
In Minnesota, it is illegal to shoot a dog. However, the Anoka County Sheriff’s department has so far not filed any charges against the hunter.
Scott said:“I’m a hunter myself. I’ve got nothing against them hunting there. But you’d think if you were in a development, that close to a development, you see someone’s dog, you don’t just shoot it.”
Scott’s wife Christina points out that it could have easily been a child playing out in the field who was shot instead. And for the Fuller family, they feel like they’ve lost a child.
“We’d lay them next to each other just to compare their size, because she was a small boxer,” Christina said.“She had a big heart. She was really sweet to the kids. They’d climb on them and all that sort of stuff.”
“Zeus doesn’t know life without her.” Christina said. “And seeing him sad is almost as sad as seeing the kids or having our hearts broken.”