A DOG owner has been left distraught after his beloved young Cocker Spaniel was shot dead because she was mistaken for a fox.
Pooch Ruby was enjoying her evening walk with owner Dom Brown’s 19-year-old brother Rory when the horror unfolded.
The teen had been walking 18-month-old Ruby in a popular dog walking spot in Crich, Derbys, when he heard a gunshot ring out.
He vaulted over a bush and was met by a distraught man who apologised as he told him: “‘I think I’ve shot your dog”.
Ruby – described as the “happiest dog in the world” – was rushed to the vet but tragically died before the family made it there.
Dom said: “It’s gut-wrenching. We’re totally heartbroken because we’re always in and always at home so we spent so much time with her. Basically our lives revolved around her.
“She’d always want to be out walking or playing with her toys in the house. She was the happiest dog I’ve ever seen.
“I don’t want to speak to [to the person who shot her] or ever see him. There’s nothing he can do. The loss is irreparable.
She was my reason to get up in the morning and she was everything to me and my family and now she’s just gone
Owner Dom Brown
“Someone’s taken something away from me and there’s nothing I can do about it.
“She was my reason to get up in the morning and she was everything to me and my family and now she’s just gone.
“I didn’t have the choice to put her down or spend a last few minutes with her. I’d do anything just to spend a bit more time with her.”
The electrician posted about the tragedy on Facebook and it has now gone viral with thousands of shares.
His brother also slammed people who go out shooting without any experience using guns.
He said the man wasn’t on an “organised hunt or shoot” and “wasn’t making any effort to make people aware that he was on a public footpath with a gun”.
Rory added: “He literally had no reason to shoot her. She wasn’t causing harm to anyone or bothering anything. She was just having fun in the field.
“For me he was an inexperienced lad with an extremely powerful weapon that could have killed somebody.
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“You know what kids are like with dogs. I see families walking their dogs on that field all the time.
“Kids are best friends with dogs, they could have been playing in the bush with that dog. It could have hit them.”
Derbyshire Police confirmed they are investigating but have made no arrests.