Man Commits Suicide After Authorities Forcibly Euthanize His Pit Bull

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In Denmark, a man named only as Dan committed suicide after local authorities seized his beloved Pit Bull and euthanized him.

His dog Zanto was one of the 13 banned breeds in Denmark and the decision to euthanize the dog was made in accordance with the country’s Dog Act. Under that law, authorities are required to euthanize dogs that are labeled savage and considered dangerous to other dogs and humans. The forbidden breeds include the pit bull terrier, the Kangal, the South Russian Shepherd Dog, the Dogo Argentino, Boerboel, and the American Bulldog.

Dan had eight days to prove that his dog was not a prohibited breed, according to the Examiner. Since he was unable to do so, the authorities took his dog and put him down. Heartbroken over the loss of his dog, Dan reportedly overdosed on pain medication.

Here’s what Foreningen Fair Dog Fan, a Facebook page dedicated to dogs and their owners, said about the tragedy:

“Zanto (the dog) was ripped out of Dan’s arms because he looked like one of the now banned dog breeds, or mixture of both. Zanto had (done nothing wrong), he is a good, devoted and happy dog and he has never done a fly mischief. The owner had 8 days to prove Zanto’s creator, but we all know that it is not a possible task. It ruptured Dan’s heart and he chose to take his own life.”

Fair Dog’s side er i dag dedikeret til Dan, hans familie, venner og ikke mindst Zanto <3

Posted by Foreningen Fair Dog Fan side on Monday, April 20, 2015

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