I have had a couple of dogs in my life who grew old and were suffering. A couple we took to the vet and had them put to sleep. Two actually past away in our back yard and I buried them in our back yard. Should I have gone to jail for that? I now have a 10 year old dog. I bought him when he was just a puppy and I love him to death. That said, I know he is getting old and I understand it is just a matter of time before my dog is gone. When his time comes and I bury him in my back yard, should I go to prison? Government thinks so.