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    Putting an animal out of its misery

    Not sure that this is the right forum, but it seems here's where the legally minded people on INGO gather...

    If you hit an animal on the road, or if you see a terminally injured animal, what can you do to put it out of its misery? What are the legal implications if you do?

    I suppose we can't shoot an animal if we're in a town/city. Would we go to jail if we slit the throat of a deer we hit? Are there hunting laws or animal abuse laws we need to be aware of?

    For me a big question is whether the animal will survive the accident. Last year some guy ran over a cat, shot it a few times, and the cat survived. It then seems to me he made the wrong decision. Maybe he wanted to put the cat out of its suffering, but he ends up looking like an animal abuser, which he might have been. On the other hand, I've seen animals slowly expire in front of me, and I wish I could have done something to speed its passing.

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    When we encountered sick/injured animals, especially native wildlife, we would often call the conservation officer. He would give advice, but not any other kind of help. Didn't want to do the paperwork required if he used his sidearm. Advice consisted of a) call the sheriff or b) hit it with a shovel. Really hard.
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    How do you hit a cat, and then shoot it a couple times and it doesn't die? Was he shooting it with spit wads? Christ, even a .22 could end a cat
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    I can't help on legal advice, but here is what I would do.
    I'm not touching a domestic or wild animal that has been injured by a vehicle. Those thinks can bite or claw and I'm not taking any chances here.
    That said, I would not discharde a firearm in any corporate city limits are there are probably laws against it. Out in the country if it is safe I would probable dispatch the animal. Terminal is terminal. I would end the suffering if I could.
    If the animal is a deer I would shoot as opposed to slitting the throat. Safer IMO.
    Then I would contact the popo and see about getting a permit to take the deer home for meat if it wasn't tore up to bad.
    How does one shoot a cat a couple of times and the cat survives? That guy needs more training. lol
    I will be interested to hear the legal implications as well.
    Last edited by Mike H; 04-16-2012 at 13:26. Reason: Looks like I needto start carring a shovel.

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    pull back around and run it over again. I've heard of people going to prison for shooting their dog...

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    this is kind of true^^. I hit a beagle once and had no other option but to run it over again. i know it sounds terrible, but I had no firearm or weapon. The dog had no tags and its back was crushed, i had no other option as i wasnt gonna let it lay in the road for god knows how long suffering. I would say it's going to all depend on your location as to what you can do about the animal. I would say I wouldn't risk injury or prosecution for an animal so if you dont know the laws id say if your gonna end it for the animal use caution and do it without a firearm. BTW that's one tough Kitty.

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    Hold its mouth closed and hold a finger in each notrile until the shaking stops! Once shaking stop's continue prescription for another 5 minutes!

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    If I did enough damage to a deer to stop it long enough to get shots off...I would be tempted to unload my whole arsenal into it in retaliation to the damage it did to my car.

    I would then take it home and saver every bite of the non-bloodshot meat.

    Never heard of a permit required to take the animal. But it makes sense that carving up a deer in the "off season" might be frowned upon by the police if you can't prove how it was obtained.
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    why not put is nose/mouth in the tail pipe of your running car. They go to sleep and never wake up
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    I hit a deer a couple of years ago. It died within a couple of minutes, so I didn't have to shoot it, but I asked the Trooper who came to fill out the report if one should shoot it or not. He said, "Man, I wish there were more people like you!". He went on to say that if he has to shoot it, it's a mountain of paperwork to do. If it's dead when he gets there, it's a couple pages. Obviously, one would not want to do this in downtown Indy, but in the country, it seems that shooting the critter yourself is the preferred thing to do ... according to one IN State Trooper @ least.

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