According to ABC.com The death of a dog named Bruno who was a brown and white mixed breed dog has sparked a movement to try and ban the use of guns to “put your pets down”. This is a practice that has been happening for generations and generations. Some people live to far away from a veterinarian or are on a fixed budget and just don't have the money. Whatever the reason and situation Katie Treamer is trying her best to change this. There are no laws regulating how pets are euthanatized. This is a practice that if the right person does it could be humane but Katie argues that in this day and age other methods are available.
“It was done in such a cruel manner. The dog was shot multiple times and left to die,” said Katie Treamer, one of the founders of Justice For Bruno, a group lobbying to make it a felony to shoot a pet to death in New Hampshire. “In this day and age, it's just not a responsible way to euthanize a pet.”
New Hampshire is among 27 states plus the District of Columbia that have no laws governing “emergency euthanasia,” according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Justice For Bruno has contacted state officials and its change.org petition has more than 36,000 signatures in support of a new law.
The dog whose death prompted calls for new legislation, however, was not injured.
Bruno was found shot four times in September in the former timber city of Berlin. Bruno's owner, Ryan Landry, said in a Facebook posting he was forced to put down the year-and-a-half old dog because it had bitten his children. Landry declined to be interviewed by The Associated Press. Treamer said Landry had other options, including returning Bruno — no questions asked — to the shelter where he was adopted. If the dog truly was dangerous, then medical euthanasia administered by a trained professional would have been the preferred way to end Bruno's life, she said.
Maine's law is explicit: “An animal may be shot if it is restrained in a humane way, it is performed by a highly skilled and trained person using a weapon that will produce instantaneous death by a single shot.” Several states allow law enforcement, veterinarians or animal welfare workers to shoot a pet if the animal is injured, sick or dangerous. In New York, “no person shall euthanize any dog or cat by gunshot except as an emergency procedure for a dangerous dog or a severely injured dog.”
Growing up on a western Massachusetts farm, John Gralenski, now 80, sometimes had to put down sick or injured pets. He never liked it but he adamantly opposes outlawing the practice.
“I think they should have that right,” said Gralenski, who lives in rural Shelburne, on the New Hampshire-Maine line. “When I was a kid, we always had dogs and if it was my dog and the dog got sick, there wasn't any money for a vet.”
Joanne Bourbeau, the Vermont-based northeastern regional director for the Humane Society of the United States, acknowledged that enforcement might be difficult but just having a law on the books could serve as a deterrent.”We would have a way to follow up,” she said. “With the veterinary forensics we have now, it's very easy to prove that a crime was committed.”