Ukrainian servicemen with their dogs take part in a joint drill of departments of Interior Ministry at the International training Centre near the village of Stare in Kiev region, Ukraine September 30, 2019.
Ukrainian servicemen with their dogs take part in a joint drill of departments of Interior Ministry at the International training Centre near the village of Stare in Kiev region, Ukraine September 30, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Animal abuse has been rampant here and there, and pet owners are not even safe from it. Two men experienced the most painful day of their lives when they saw their beloved dogs helplessly died in front of them. A German shepherd and cocker spaniel both got innocently shot in front of their humans while doing nothing wrong.

The one-year-old German shepherd, named Nova, was shot and killed by its unidentified owner's neighbor outside of their home in Franklin Township along Pine Grove Road. The attacker, the 58-year-old Steven Hertzler, claimed the dog charged his three little hounds and attempted to attack them.

In the court documents, revealed via Fox 43, Hertzler alleged he was afraid for the life of his smaller dogs; thus, he got the gun inside his house and shot Nova with his "eyes closed." He reasoned out he was left with no choice but to shoot the German shepherd as it was already wandering around his property for about 45 minutes.

However, the dog's owner denied the claims. He told the police he let Nova out of his truck and went ahead to Hertzler's home to greet his dogs. The innocent pooch started sniffing from the outside of the fence when the agitated assailant came out and starting yelling: "Get your f****** dog!" as he waved his a44 magnum, pointing to him and his two children.

In a Facebook post, the owner revealed when he saw Nova, he called the pup and came running back toward him, but Hertzler already shot him in the neck. "She wasn't even on that land more than 15 seconds," he said.

The owner even claimed Hertzler told them they would kill them all, along with his 10- and 13-year-old kids, before he ran back in his house. Unfortunately, Nova didn't survive the ordeal and had to be put down due to her injuries.

"There are no excuses! This guy needs all his weapons taken," the owner said. A preliminary hearing is set to take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

Meanwhile, another pet owner named Dom Brown, suffered the same fate when a young man shot his 18-month-old cocker spaniel, mistaking it for a fox. "I think I've shot your dog," the assailant said. Distraught, Brown's brother, Rory Brown, who was walking the poor dog at the time, didn't mind the perpetrator's apologies and rushed his dog to a vet, per Metro News.

Dom then slammed people who were shooting wild animals for fun. He is devastated for losing the "happiest dog he has ever seen." Rory Brown, on the other hand, said he didn't see the point in shooting any animal and added whoever pulled the trigger, could also kill people by mistake.