SPCA New Zealand
Advice & welfare

Captive Bolt Guns used for the Routine Euthanasia of Dogs in Pounds or Shelters

Companion Animals

SPCA advocates that when an animal is euthanased, the method adopted must minimise fear and distress for the animal and must result in rapid loss of consciousness followed by death.

SPCA opposes the routine use of captive bolt guns for the euthanasia of dogs in pounds or shelters.

In most situations, the best method of euthanasia for dogs is by a veterinarian using lethal injection, where possible (and sedation if required to reduce the stress of handling prior to euthanasia).

(See Euthanasia for more information)

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