April 25, 2015 12:00 pm -


A Danish man committed suicide after his dog was euthanized.

Dan, whose last name has not been disclosed, was 27 years old.

Dan was given just eight days to prove that his dog Zanto was not one of the breeds banned in Denmark, and under Danish law, the burden to prove dog breed is placed upon owners. When he was unable to do so, authorities removed Zanto and arranged for him to be killed. Soon after Zanto was taken, Dan was reported to have overdosed on pain medication.

His dog, Zanto, had been euthanized in adherence with Denmark’s Breed Specific Legislation on Pit Bulls. Danish legislation titled the “Dog Act” also dictates that police are required to euthanize dogs that “savage” a person or another dog, but Zanto hadn’t attacked anyone. He was simply considered an illegal breed.

The Dog Act bans the ownership and breeding of 13 breeds of dogs, including the Pitt Bull Terrier, Kangal, South Russian Shepherd Dog and American Bulldog. Some breeds have been illegal since 1991, but legislation in 2010 brought the number to 13.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

14 responses to Man Commits Suicide Over Euthanized Dog

  1. Laura Freedlund April 25th, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Wow, that’s so sad! 🙁

  2. granpa.usthai April 25th, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Sad, but understandable.
    Pits are well known for their ferocity (seemingly sometimes for unknown reasons).
    Most of the ones I have met have been very friendly and trusting (for me to be a stranger).
    Butt…that’s just me.
    Friend to animals and rug ra -er- uh, lovely little children alike.

    • SueD April 25th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      You are dead wrong. I have been doing pit rescue for over 20 years and have NEVER been attacked, unless you consider ferociously licked on my face for hours a vicious attack. I am so tried of these outrageous claims by ignorant people. Now this stupid and unnecessary law has killed this poor man. His family should sue the government.

      • fahvel April 25th, 2015 at 2:24 pm

        right on the money Due. It’s simple and san ignorance.

      • Annie May 14th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

        Here’s our mean old pit bull, Franny. She loves everyone and everyone loves her. She’ll be 11 in August. I would take a bullet, run into a burning building or throw myself in front of a car for her. I completely empathize with this young man. If BSL was based on facts, dachshunds would be #1 on the list.

        • OldLefty May 14th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

          That’s a pit bull?

          Looks like a golden.

          • Annie May 14th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

            That’s silver, not gold. Here she is a few years ago

          • OldLefty May 14th, 2015 at 2:16 pm

            THAT looks like a pit bull.
            The black and white photo looked like a golden retriever to me.
            She’s very cute.

          • Annie May 14th, 2015 at 2:18 pm


          • OldLefty May 14th, 2015 at 2:20 pm


  3. fahvel April 25th, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    even over here there are a few meaningless countries that will just up and kill the innocent and the deprived and the non represented because of simple abject fear – screw them along with the right wing looneys you have.

  4. Carla Akins April 25th, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I don’t agree with the law, but to take your own life for this reason is not sound behavior. This could not have been a surprise to this man nor was it sprung, this is from something deeper.

  5. rg9rts April 26th, 2015 at 6:12 am


  6. uzza April 26th, 2015 at 9:22 am

    I can totally understand this. Although does seem odd for a 27 year old.