The answer depends on whether or not your dog was wearing a collar with a rabies vaccination tag. If your dog was not wearing a collar with a rabies vaccination tag, then it is generally legal for any person to kill the dog so long as there is not a violation under the Iowa laws dealing with animal abuse or cruelty to animals. In addition, it is the duty of police officers to kill untagged dogs for the protection of the public. However, there are specific laws in your county that may allow for impounding the dog, rather than killing it. If your dog is tagged, then generally someone cannot kill your dog.
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