By definition, euthanasia means an act of mercy.
Dust Devil Ranch Sanctuary for Horses’ policy on euthanasia is that no healthy or otherwise treatable horse will be euthanized when alternatives exist to save it. Euthanasia is reserved solely for ending the suffering of a horse that has experienced serious and irreversible reduction in the quality of his or her life. While this is a difficult choice, we approach this decision from the perspective of what is in the best interest of the horse.
No healthy or treatable horse will be euthanized when alternatives exist to save them.
For Dust Devil, euthanasia is considered purely as an act of mercy and reserved for situations when a horse is irremediably suffering, and one or more veterinarians have determined that the horse is not a candidate for rehabilitation and has no chance of recovering an acceptable quality of life.
Dust Devil does not practice population control through euthanasia. All horses in our care are considered treatable unless determined otherwise by our team of expert veterinarians and professional farriers.
Method of Euthanasia
The only method of euthanasia that Dust Devil Ranch finds acceptable is that recommended by the American Veterinary Medical Association, specifically the use of veterinarian prescribed sedatives and FDA-approved euthanasia solutions administered in as comforting and loving a situation as possible.