Hope Solo and her husband, Jerramy Stevens, are heartbroken after one of their dogs died from complications of being shot earlier this week.
The former U.S. women's national soccer team star took to social media Saturday to reveal that Conan, the "best" of her five Dobermans, succumbed to the injuries he sustained.
"We‘re brokenhearted to share that Conan passed away from blood loss last night," she said on Instagram. "He fought up until the very end. We’re crushed. Just a dog running through the woods, trying to make his way home. We bought our 60 acres so our dogs have space to run and live their most full lives."
Solo, 38, went on to explain the circumstances surrounding his death.
"He wandered 30 yards off our property when he was shot," she shared. "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."
On Thursday, Solo first shared news that Conan had been shot in a "heinous act."
"Our magnificent dog Conan is in critical condition after being shot last night. It’s hard news to share, but harder to make sense of this heinous act," she tweeted.
"We‘ve heard that there are developments in canine prosthetics and would love any information about getting Conan a new front leg," she added.
Solo followed up by tweeting photos of her and Stevens, 40, posing with Conan and his canine siblings.
"Conan is the brown one on the far left. A beautiful dog, best of the bunch," she wrote before thanking the staff of the veterinary hospital where Conan was being treated.
She also shared the disturbing news on Instagram, writing, "Jerramy and I are shocked and heartbroken."
The World Cup champ and and her former NFL player husband tied the knot in 2012. They welcomed their first children, twins Vittorio and Lozen, in March.
Over the years, the couple has raised multiple dogs and other pets together, with Solo telling People magazine in 2015 that Stevens often compares her to a Doberman.
“Jerramy always says, 'Dobermans remind me of you,'" Solo said during a tour of the couple's home. "They’re loyal, regal and people are scared of them, but they wouldn’t hurt a fly."
This story was originally published on May 15, 2020.