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    Recommendations on putting down large dog

    A friend has a large (150 lb) dog that has suddenly gotten vicious. I may be asked to put the dog down. Any recommendations on caliber, bullet, shot placement, or an alternate method? At this point it is not safe to approach the dog too closely. Thanks!

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    Any thing of .38 or above right thru the ear? If you can't get close.....rifle.
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    Legally, I'd probably go with animal control to avoid any chance of charges for animal cruelty, discharging of a firearm within city limits(?), etc.

    As far as caliber/placement/etc. If you cannot get close to it, I would go with a rifle(even a .22) through the head.
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    00 buck would be a sure thing.
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    I'd call animal control so you don't chance any peta people getting the wrong idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atctimmy View Post
    00 buck would be a sure thing.
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    Yeah, animal control is the way to go.

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    Has it bitten anyone? If so don't destroy the head! Get it tested for rabies.
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    Sad to say I have some past experience at this, especially with putting down farm animals. I've found out it's not so easy to do as I've gotten older either.

    As previously mentioned you don't want to get in trouble for discharging in your city limits, or cruelty to animals or whatever.

    I know about success with a well-placed .22 rifle shot above and between the eyes. Vicious animal or not, always strive to be humane.

    Don't use a pistol.

    Be aware of over-penetrating shots that would go completely through the animal.
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    "...suddenly gotten vicious..."

    Something's out of whack. Any chance to get it to a veterinarian before it has to be destroyed?

    A shot to the head with a firearm of adequate power is most appropriate. Be aware of where any over-penetration may land the bullet.

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    For your consideration:
    OHIO CRUELTY TO ANIMALS STATUTES

    (A) No person shall destroy any domestic animal by the use of a high altitude decompression chamber or by any method other than a method that immediately and painlessly renders the domestic animal initially unconscious and subsequently dead.
    That's a fancy way of saying euthanasia.

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    .45ACP works real well.....
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    Have them take it to the Vet. Sleepy time.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by BUTCH69 View Post
    I'd call animal control so you don't chance any peta people getting the wrong idea.
    ++1

    Don't take this on yourself. The local SPCA's are equipped to handle this sort of thing. Let them take it down with a tranquilizer, then kindly put it to sleep with an injection.
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    I see you are in the Cinci area... I happen to know for a fact the Hamilton County SPCA will not respond unless the animal is contained, or is a specific threat to the public. Clermont County is the same... Warren County is pretty good.
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