Two dogs attacked one of my little girls minis today. They tore her up beyond repair... I've never lost a horse in 31 years. When I found her she was still alive and she was in too bad of shape to wait for a vet to euthanize her and I had to do the job for her. It was a truly terrible day. I am posting this because I want those of you far from vet care to know this process because sometimes the wait for the vet is too long for an animal to suffer. I grew up with this horrible task on a cattle farm. Sometimes there is no greater gift you can give an animal than a quick painless end to their suffering. My process is this: .22 cal (hollow point preferred) behind one ear (high) aimed to below the opposite eye. I do prefer my pistol. It's easier to position without the animal seeing it an causing more stress. I know a lot of folks will option for larger calibers but this has worked for me many times with instant death generally before the end of the sound of the shot. I hope none of you ever need this information and pray you educate yourself in case you do. My little mares name was blondy and the sweetest animal I ever knew. I loved her very much.
Thank you for giving her that last service. With ownership comes responsibility, and even those who live relatively close to a vet should have the knowledge to put a horse out of his misery should the occasion arise.
Thank you so much for the kind words. I never knew I'd take this so hard.
Melody I'm just as far from law enforcement as I am a vet. Just as I had to service my horse I serviced those dogs. Right or wrong... I'd do it again. Pit mix and a chow. Not the first time they've killed my stock but definitely the last.
Josh , I would have done the very same thing ! Pits and Chows are not a good mix in my opinion anyways , who knows the next time could have been someones kid or something ! You did the right thing all the way around . You and your family will be in my prayers ! Just always remember you did the right thing and don't second guess or think "what if "