put down (an animal)

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put down (an animal)

To end the life of an animal (generally through euthanasia) so as to prevent its suffering in old age or illness, or because it poses a threat to humans or other animals. We decided to put down our dog last week. He was in so much pain from cancer that we felt it would be cruel to let him struggle on. Animal control ended up having to put down the bear once it was spotted roaming the neighborhood for the third time in recent months.
See also: down, put
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Although there is no evidence suggesting a link between Sunday's killing of the giraffe to an act of bestiality, Copenhagen's decision to put down the animal has been widely considered another example of the country's record on brutality against animals - which includes tolerance towards growing trend of sex between humans and animals.
There is no kno wn cure for ragwort poisoning, and by the time symptoms show the only course of action is to put down the animal.
But Nichola Gregory of the British Horse Society charity insisted vets had no choice but to put down the animal immediately.
He said Jones realised that there was something wrong with the horse when he called the vet himsel but then did not have the courage to put down the animal.
But now they have put down the animal medics after the last series got just 7.
We don't put down the animals -- instead we treat them, vaccinate the animals around them and we spray insecticide.
Dozens of vets are offering to put down the animals for as little as E15 if they are brought into their surgeries before 11.