After Dog's Death, An Effort To Ban Guns To Put Pets Down

Nov 16, 2015


This February 2015 photo provided by the Conway Area Humane Society shows Bruno, a mixed-breed dog that had been offered for adoption by the shelter in Conway, N.H. Bruno was found shot to death in northern New Hampshire in September. The owner posted on Facebook that the dog had bitten his children. Animal rights activists launched Justice For Bruno to advocate for other ways to euthanize a pet and to push for a law making it a felony to shoot a pet to death.
Credit (Debra Cameron/Conway Area Humane Society via AP)

Animal rights activists in New Hampshire are pushing to ban the practice of shooting a pet that is sick, injured or dangerous after a dog was found shot to death.

Bruno was an 18-month-old mixed breed who was shot four times in September. His owner says the dog had bitten his children.

Katie Treamer, who helped found Justice For Bruno, says Bruno could have been returned to the shelter where he was adopted. She says if the dog was truly dangerous, then a veterinarian could have euthanized Bruno more humanely.

Even those angry at how Bruno died say outlawing the practice of shooting a sick or dangerous dog isn't likely because it is so deeply ingrained in the nation's agrarian traditions.

New Hampshire is among 27 states that don't have laws governing "emergency euthanasia."