Euthanasia for dogs

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Q: An elderly couple inherited two dogs from their son, due to some family situation. The couple are unable to maintain the dogs, such as feed them and take them out for the daily walk. By nature, this particular breed of dogs are considered very dangerous and aggressive. The couple have been unable to sell them or give them away, even to the SPCA. In this particular situation, is it permissible for a vet to euthanise (put down) the dogs. 


A: Yes.

وفي القنية يجوز ذبح الهرة والكلب لنفع ما ( والأولى ذبح الكلب إذا أخذته حرارة الموت وبه يطهر لحم غير نجس العين ) كخنزير فلا يطهر أصلا

قال الشامي في رد المحتار: قوله ( لنفع ما ) أي ولو قليلا والهرة لو مؤذية لا تضرب ولا تفرك أذنها بل تذبح

قوله ( والأولى الخ ) لما فيه من تخفيف الألم عنه (رد المحتار 6/474)

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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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