Pennsylvania Statutes Title 3 P.S. Agriculture § 328.302. Methods of destruction of animals and exclusive method for small domestic animals

(a) Required method.--The required method of destruction shall be the use of a method that is approved for that purpose by the most current version of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Guidelines on Euthanasia with the exception of those agents and methods prohibited by section 301.  1

(b) Authorized method.--Nothing in this act shall prevent a person or animal protection organization from destroying an animal by means of firearms.

(c) Small domestic animals.--

(1) Except as set forth in paragraph (2), the use of commercially available injectable euthanasia solution approved by the Food and Drug Administration for that purpose shall be the exclusive method for euthanasia of small domestic animals.

(2) If euthanasia solution becomes unavailable, the board may issue a waiver of the requirements of this section which would permit the use of any method of euthanasia that is consistent with both the standard of care as defined by the board and the most current version of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Guidelines on Euthanasia.

(d) Exception for dangerous small domestic animals.--In cases where a small domestic animal under the care and control of any person or animal protection organization poses an imminent threat to human or animal life, an alternative method of euthanasia may be used if it is in accordance with section 301.

(e) Tranquilization.--An animal may be tranquilized with a substance approved by the Food and Drug Administration before euthanasia commences.

1 3 P.S. § 328.301.

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