A domesticated fox that was the focus of an effort to change a Rochester city ordinance was killed with a bow and arrow Friday.
Cody Prudoehl's pet Emil, a 6-month-old black and silver fox, had gotten out of its enclosure and wandered onto the porch of a home in the area, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.
That's when a 24-year-old man, thinking Emil was a raccoon, shot it with his bow and arrow, ABC 6 says. After realizing it was a fox, he wanted to have it mounted. That was until he learned a pet fox in the area had escaped, so he called police to report the incident.
Emil's body was returned to Prudoehl and a memorial was held for the animal Sunday night, which about 50 neighbors attended, the Post Bulletin notes.
"I mean anybody who's owned a puppy, anyone who owns a cat, anybody who owns a best friend like that, and for them to be gone, just because he's this sort of mammal, sucked," Prudoehl told KTTC.
The Department of Natural Resources said no game violations were committed when the fox was shot because the animal was domesticated, KTTC reports.
But, the 24-year-old man could be fined by the city for violating an ordinance that doesn't allow arrows to be shot within city limits, ABC 6 notes.
Traux told the Post Bulletin they are looking into what options there are for civil recourse.
Push to change city ordinance
Prudoehl had recently moved from Michigan, where he had an exotic pet license for Emil, to Rochester to live with his sister, Briana Traux, the Rochester Post Bulletin reported last week.
It's against Rochester city ordinance to keep a fox and other wild animals as pets, even if they're domesticated. So Traux and Prudoehl have been pushing to change that ordinance.
They still appeared before the Rochester City Council Monday, despite the animal's death.