'We're crushed': Footballer's fury after dog killed in 'heinous' act

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor
Hope Solo has been left devastated by the death of dog Conan. Image: Instagram

Soccer star Hope Solo has been left devastated after one of her pet dogs was shot and killed.

The former goalkeeper for the US women’s national side shared the heartbreaking news on social media on Sunday.

Solo said Conan was shot on Wednesday after wandering off their property and died on Saturday.

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“We‘re broken-hearted to share that Conan passed away from blood loss last night,” Solo wrote on Instagram alongside some photos of her and the dog.

“He fought up until the very end. We’re crushed.”

Solo said Conan had “wandered 30 yards off our property when he was shot.”

Hope Solo in action for the United States in 2011. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

“We bought our 60-acres so our dogs have space to run and live their most full lives,” she wrote.

“As animal lovers we are struggling to make sense of anyone using their right to own guns to shoot pets of any kind.

“We have had pets come onto our property and always helped them get home safe.”

Earlier last week Solo had announced that Conan was in a critical condition.

“It’s hard news to share, but harder to make sense of this heinous act,” she said.

“(Husband) Jerramy and I are shocked and heartbroken, but we want to say thank you to Wilkes Veterinary Hospital and their staff for rushing Conan into emergency care, as well as their COVID-19 care practices.”

Tragedy comes after baby joy for Hope Solo

Solo appeared in 202 matches for the US national team since she made her debut in 2000, and helped the United States win two Olympic gold medals and a World Cup in 2015.

The 38-year-old’s contract with the national side was terminated shortly after their loss to Sweden in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Solo announced last month that she had given birth to twins, Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith, in March, just months after sharing the news of her pregnancy.

The news came roughly a year after she revealed that she had had a miscarriage in 2018, while she was running for president of the United States Soccer Federation.

At the time she said she had been “hours from dying.”

With Yahoo Sports Staff