In California, can a cop kill(shoot) a hurt dog on the side of the road even if the owner cannot be found? The dog had a hurt back leg and hobbled to the side of the road and when the officer got there he said he was going to put a round into its head because there's nothing they could do. According to CA PENAL § 597f, "Every sick, disabled, infirm, or crippled animal, except a dog or cat, may, if after due search no owner can be found therefor, be killed by the officer. all injured cats and dogs found without their owners in a public place directly to a veterinarian known by the officer or agency to be a veterinarian that ordinarily treats dogs and cats for a determination of whether the animal shall be immediately and humanely destroyed or shall be hospitalized under proper care and given emergency treatment." I am not sure if this is still in effect though.