Old Yeller is a 1957 Walt Disney Productions film starring Tommy Kirk, Dorothy McGuire, and Beverly Washburn, and directed by Robert Stevenson. It is about a boy and a stray dog in post-Civil War Texas.
Did they actually kill the dog in Old Yeller?
Answer and Explanation: In the book Old Yeller, the dog, also named ‘Old Yeller,’ dies when he is shot by his owner, Travis Coates. Old Yeller had been bitten by a rabid wolf when he was protecting the family from the vicious animal. Rabies is a fatal disease and in the 1860s when the story was set, there was no cure.
Why did they kill Old Yeller?
During the fight, Old Yeller is bitten and injured by the wolf. Because of Old Yeller’s exposure to rabies and the fact that he is now a threat to the family as a result, the older son is forced to shoot and kill Old Yeller.