Wingo, KY asked in Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: Can you shoot your dog to put it out of its misery if fataly wounded getting ran over in middle night in country?

Someone ran over friends dog in middle of night & severed the spinal column. The poor thing couldn't move the entire bottom half of his body & had blood all over side of his head. We disagreed about waiting to get him euthanized the next morning or having him shot in head to put him out of misery. Is it legal to shoot your own dog in the head on your own property in a situation like this? She lives out in the country.

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Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Animal & Dog Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Yes. Although probably not the preferred manner to deal with the situation.

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