I have heard that some breeders kill their own defective puppies without calling in a vet. It may be a pup that is embarrassing to their line because it is incorrectly marked or it has a birth defect. It may be they have too many puppies in a litter and they want to reduce the litter size to give the other pups a chance to thrive and to give the mum a less draining experience.
I am told, by someone very, very involved in the show world, that the method of choice these days is that the young pup is wrapped in a towel and then placed in a deep freeze.
My friend had no problem with this method and said it was painless. This makes me feel very uneasy and I wonder if I am just being overly squeamish.
Is this really a humane way to kill a puppy? Regardless of the ethics of putting to sleep a 'defective' pup would the puppy feel any distress or pain? Would this method be any more distressing than a needle?
I'd be very grateful for someone with medical expertise could explain to me what happens to a puppy placed in the deep freeze, would they die of shock? Would they suffocate? How long would it take for them to die?
Would the RSPCA have any objection to a breeder doing DIY euthanasia by this method?
I just think of the pain I feel holding frozen food in my hand when I take it from the freezer, I can't begin to imagine how I would feel if I were to be trapped in a deep freeze.
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