put an animal down

put (one) down

1. To insult, mock, belittle, or disparage one. The boss is always putting me down in front of everyone in the office. It's really making my life miserable. Tommy, don't put your brother down like that—if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.
2. To kill one. The marshal told the fugitive that he would put him down if he reached for his gun.
3. To euthanize an animal. We knew our poor dog was suffering, so we decided it was time to put her down.
See also: down, put

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.
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It was a successful rescue and even though we had to put an animal down, if we tried anything else it would have led to more stress and suffering for it.
Meanwhile Andre Silva, a representative of the political party PAN (People, Animals, Nature) points out that it is actually more expensive to put an animal down and dispose of it than it is to surgically sterilise it.
Even during tough times when you have to put an animal down, pet owners are so grateful for the care you've given throughout the years.
You'd put an animal down. When I get to that stage, I will be taking the drugs."
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. The board adopted a recommendation that calls for the distribution of "intent to euthanize" notices to interested parties.
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'm just too soft.''
"I realised I couldn't be a vet as there was no way I could put an animal down. I'm too soft.
``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.
Such a hit can put an animal down quickly if the bullet hits the spine directly or transmits a lot of shock to 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. Bowhunter Education volunteers all over the country donate their time to teach ethics in shot selection.
Jessi tweeted: "Asked my vet what the hardest part was about his job and he said when he has to put an animal down, 90 per cent of owners don't actually want to be in the room when he injects them.