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How to Kill a Stray Dog


The Center For Disease Control estimates that dogs bite 4.5 million Americans each year and that one in five dog bites result in serious injuries requiring medical attention. 


Whether you live in an urban or suburban area, there is a chance that at some point in your life you either have or will encounter a stray dog.  An unknown dog can pose a potential health and safety risk to everything that it comes into contact with.   Stray dogs carry disease and most unlicensed animals do not have the required immunizations.  Dogs can carry several varieties of worms from hookworms to tapeworms, as well as diseases as fatal as rabies.  Studies show that 97% of humans that contract rabies come from dog bites. 


Aside from your physical wellbeing, your home and belongings are at risk if this menace wanders into the neighborhood.  Rabid dogs especially are notorious for the destruction of personal property including but not limited to patio sets, tires and children’s toys. 


In order to maintain the safety and security of you and your loved ones, it is important that you are aware of the different tools at your disposable for killing a stray dog.  By outlining the method as well as how to carry it out, you will be able to make the most informed decision that works for you.




Using a trap is relatively inexpensive way to kill a stray dog, especially if that dog has been a nuisance on an ongoing basis. 


The most popular trap available is called a Conibear trap.  As the name indicates, this trap is generally used to trap bears but due to the sizes it is available in as well as the cost (as little as five dollars, depending on where you live) it is used regularly to kill stray dogs as well.  The downside of using a trap is that if other animals (or worse, a person) wander into it, it can cause severe injury or even death. 


When placing a trap, ensure that you place it on your personal property where the stray dog will wander into it and not near a high-traffic area for children.  Traps are very easy to set up and do not require any maintenance.  You can even bait your trap with a rawhide bone to lure the animal into it. 





This method works best if you already have access to a gun.  You’ll want to ensure that the laws where you live allow for you to use a firearm on your personal property in order to keep intruders out.  Before discharging your firearm, make sure that the area is clear of people and other animals and try to get a clear shot, preferably when the animal is not moving.



This option comes last on the list, as it is arguably the least desirable. There are a number of poisons available (some of which, you might already have in your own kitchen cabinet) to rid yourself of the pesky beast. 


Depending on the size of the dog, baker’s chocolate contains something called methylxanthines, which can be fatal in larger doses.  As little as an ounce of chocolate could be enough to kill a small stray dog. 


Antifreeze is a common household item that can also be used to kill a stray dog.  Used in the radiator of cars, this substance has a sweet smell to it and might entice a dehydrated animal to ingest it.


If you decide to use poison, bear in mind that it can kill not only the targeted animal, but also other domesticated (cats, for instance) and wild animals (squirrels or birds).  What’s worse, placed in the inappropriate location, a human child could mistake it for a treat and ingest it, causing death.  Poison can also affect the surrounding environment it is placed in, seeping into the ground and infecting the natural ecosystem. 


It is important to add, however, that there may be circumstances under which you do not want to kill the stray dog and simply want it removed.  Calling your local animal control can easily remedy that problem.  If the animal is presenting an immediate problem, try blocking off the area or staying inside your house until help arrives.  Live traps are also available (although expensive) and can contain the animal while you contact the appropriate authorities. 


Remember, making an informed decision about the best way to eliminate a stray dog is just as important as the method you use.  Exercising caution and protecting your family should always be your primary objective.

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