Dog killed by bow and arrow in Adams County

Dog’s owners want to press charges; Police say no criminal charges have been filed

Published On: Oct 29 2013 10:04:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2013 07:36:07 AM CDT
TOWN OF ROME, Wis. -

A couple in Adams County said neighboring hunters shot down their dog with a bow and arrow.

Now, their story and their message are reaching people across the globe.

Tanya Meyer and her husband, Chris, said their 1-year-old lab mix, Zoey, went missing Friday morning.

After calling her multiple times, Tanya said she had a feeling something had happened to her puppy, who didn’t tend to wander from the family’s 4 acres.

“I said finally, something is not right. I said, 'I just had that sick gut feeling,'” Tanya said. “I'm like, 'she's gone.'”

The Meyer’s started scouring the surrounding hunting grounds, asking neighbors if they had seen the dog. Tanya said the couple put up posters as well, and only heard of one sighting.

Tanya said some hunters staying in a nearby vacation home told them they threw sticks at the dogs to get them away but had not seen Zoey or the Meyer’s other dog, Maggie, since then.

On Sunday, Chris called Tanya with the news. He found the dog’s body on a neighbor’s property in the 400 block of 16th Avenue.

“He calls me and he goes, 'I found her.' And I'm like, 'where?' And he's like, 'it's not good,'” Tanya said. “And I said, 'not good? Why? What happened?' And then he's like, 'the cops have been notified.' He goes, 'It's under their tree stand.'”

Chris was talking about their neighbors who told them they had just shooed away the dogs.

Town of Rome police confirmed Zoey died of an arrow wound.

Tanya said that arrow went through her neck and into her chest. She said Zoey was found about 15 feet from the tree stand where she thinks those neighbors were hunting from.

“She was laying there all weekend long just under their tree stand,” Tanya said.

Tanya said this couldn’t have been an accident.

“You knew what you were shooting at,” Tanya said. “There's no denying you didn't know that was a dog.”

The Meyers plan on pressing charges.

Town of Rome investigators are working with Adams County deputies to look into this case, but no criminal charges have been filed.

In the meantime, Tanya created a Facebook page called Justice for Zoey. She said the page is growing more than she ever expected with response and support from all over the globe.

Chris posted Zoey’s story on his personal page, and as of 10 p.m. Tuesday, the photo and statement had been shared more than 82,000 times.

“That's all I'm hoping for is to get this out and hopefully get justice for it,” Tanya said.