However, the reaction to the couple’s announcement was far from sympathetic. Instead, many questioned their decision and suggested alternatives. “Woah … what about adoption? AT LEAST,” was one comment. “No judgmental person here, but wow, that makes my heart sad and really rubs me in the wrong direction.”

Another fired back, “I’m sorry you thought killing your dog was the best and only option.”

“Surely, with over 400,000 followers, you couldn’t have shared the story before he was put down?” asked a follower. “And guaranteed a network of people would have come together to save him. So very TRAGICAL.”

“Your dog has not let you down, you have let your dog down,” chastised another person. “Ending a dog’s life like this is deeply troubling.”

The situation spurred this fan on to end their support for the couple. “I can’t stand behind it. Explain the situation or not. I’m only one person, but this is where I draw the line. I won’t follow you any longer,” they wrote, “and I’m sorry you thought that was the case your only opinion, but it wasn’t. “

Dina Manzo, former Real Housewives of New Jersey star, also commented on Dan’s Instagram tribute to the pet. “You should NEVER have an animal again,” she wrote. “So sad that you couldn’t use your entourage to take in this beautiful dog.”