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Victoria Santos wrote:

Hi, guys —

Good afternoon!

  • Is it wrong to put down a pet if he is in pain? <He is at least 14.5 years old.>

I know we can't do that to one another, as humans, but I was wondering what the Catholic teaching is on animals, and pets in particular.

Thank you for your help.


  { Is it wrong to put down or euthanize a pet if he or she is in pain? }

Bob replied:


While it is extremely sad and painful to be in this situation, the Church has no law prohibiting the euthanization of pets.

We don't euthanize humans because God alone has jurisdiction over us, but He has given us jurisdiction over animals, and therefore we have the authority to do so.


Bob Kirby

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