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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.
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