If My Dog Is Sick And Will Not Get Better Can I Kill It Myself Or Do I Need To Take It To A Veterinarian?

You are allowed to euthanize (meaning kill to relieve pain) your own pet if it is so sick or injured that it is imminently near death or not fit for living any longer. However, the method for killing a sick dog must be done in a humane and proficient manner. Examples of humane and proficient methods of killing animals include shooting the animal so that it will die immediately or injecting the animal with a drug or substance that will kill it peacefully. There may be criminal penalties for animal cruelty if a pet is killed in a manner that is considered unconscionable, meaning an inhumane or torture like killing.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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