Did I commit a sin when I put my dog down?


On Friday I had my dog, Dodie, put down; it was the hardest thing ever to let her go but she was really suffering & the vet was not going to be able to save her. It was all very sudden and unexpected, I wish she’d been able to die peacefully in her happy place but it didn’t turn out that way. Her last day here was awful and I have a tremendous amount of guilt about it.

Just yesterday it occurred to me that perhaps I broke the commandment, Thou Shall Not Kill. What, if any answer is there on this? I”m feeling so depressed and now I’m fretting about this….


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