put an animal down

put an animal down

Euph. to take the life of an animal mercifully. We put down our old dog last year. It's kind to put fatally ill animals down.
See also: animal, down, put
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Rockstroh acknowledged the need to satisfy board members and advocates who want more public access to all aspects of shelter animal care, including the decision to put an animal down.
Therefore, to protect public health and safety, it only makes sense to put an animal down for testing, rather than risk relocating a potentially rabid animal.
Tim said: 'There are times when you have to put an animal down and it's hard.
I realised I couldn't be a vet because there was no way I could put an animal down.
I realised I couldn't be a vet as there was no way I could put an animal down.
I woke up one morning and real- is ed I couldn't be a vet because there was no way I could put an animal down,'' she says.
He says: "We never put an animal down unless there is nothing more that can be done for it.
Some do not have the heart to put an animal down, and would rather leave that up to someone else.
Brian has never put an animal down because he cannot find a family to look after it.
After all, in the article Larry even points out that a razor-sharp broadhead through both lungs is what's needed to put an animal down.
I telephoned my vet who said it would cost pounds 19 to put an animal down and pounds 7 to be cremated,' she said.