Is it possible for an adder bite to kill a dog? While there have been occasions when an adder bite has resulted in a dog's death, these are extremely rare. According to one research, fewer than one in every twenty canines perished as a result of an adder bite. Most dogs that are bitten by adders survive their encounters with the snakes.
An adder is a non-poisonous snake species found in parts of Africa and the Middle East. Although they typically live in areas with abundant vegetation, these snakes will often seek out human activity if there is no other available food. Because of this behavior, adders are prone to being killed in homes when they enter buildings through open doors or windows.
If you encounter an adder in your home, you should not attempt to kill it with a shoe or another weapon; only call a professional snake handler. These people train daily for just such an event, and they are able to recognize which animals are harmless and which require medical attention.
It is important to understand that adders are native to arid regions where there is little danger of humans encroaching upon their habitat. Therefore, they do not perceive us to be a threat and are not afraid of humans. If you handle an adder carefully and lovingly, it should show you no fear either.
An adult dog, on the other hand, is quite unlikely to harm a puppy. It's more likely that your older dog will kill a kitten, although a dog may kill a puppy. If your dog has murdered a puppy, you simply cannot obtain another puppy until the previous dog dies.
Dogs can be trained to kill rats and other vermin, but one rat is not enough to make much of a difference for most dogs. If you want your dog to protect your livestock or hunt down prey for you, then he or she needs to learn how to handle these situations properly or else they might end up killing someone else's livestock or becoming someone else's problem animal.
If you keep rabbits as pets, then yes, dogs will kill them. Although this happens very rarely, since rabbits are not usually protected by law we do have cases of dogs killing their owners after being left in charge of the animals.
In order for dogs to become predators themselves they need to be exposed to predators at a young age. This helps them develop good survival instincts early on and also gives them the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Without this exposure, many dogs would live in fear of their lives, which could impair their ability to function as pets.
Predators must learn that humans are food too.
Unless there is an exemption in the law, people are typically not authorized to kill someone else's dog in reprisal for previous attacks. A California legislation, for example, states that humans have the right to kill any animal "known to be hazardous to life, limb, or property" (Cal. Penal Code 599c). The same law also provides that animals controlled under this section are not liable for damages caused by their attacks.
It is illegal to fail to provide necessary food, water, shelter, or medical care for your dog. Also forbidden are harassing, abusing, or intentionally causing harm to your dog through neglect, cruelty, or killing them unlawfully.
People who violate the laws protecting animals from cruelty can be charged with misdemeanors or felonies. If convicted, they may be ordered to pay fines and perform community service. In some cases, they may even be sentenced to jail time.
Animal abuse laws vary from state to state but generally speaking, people who hurt dogs will also do so for other types of livestock or wildlife. Although rare, you may hear about a person being arrested for beating up a dog since there are no specific laws prohibiting such behavior.
The easiest way to prevent yourself from becoming a target for dog abusers is by learning how to properly restrain your pet. You should also keep your dog on a leash when out in public places.