Illegal to shoot a trespassing dog?

United States
January 20, 2008 3:21am CST
Well I live in Indiana,USA and the next door neighbor is threating to shoot our dog if it gets out of the fence again even if by accident.He has called the sheriff and the sheriff kinda ignored it as if its not against the law.Well its a misdomenor to shoot a dog but everytime the dog gets in his yard it knocks his trash cans over and tears trash all over his yard.Also he had a trophy deer head that got chewed.Anyways whats your oppinion.If a dog gets in your dog and tears up your yard and animal control has been called multiple times would you get tired of it and ignore the consequences or would you do it the lawful way and go after them with every fine possible?
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4 responses
• United States
20 Jan 08
You need to keep your dog within your property. If the neighbor feels threatened by any means, he or she has the right to shoot your dog. Why don't you build a run or keep him on a leash when he is outside? His lifespan will be drastically stopped if he gets out and gets on the neighbor's yard again. Your dog is a problem dog that you keep ignoring. YOU have the power to keep him out of that yard and you don't. You can get a 500 foot chain run with a stake for the ground so he can still run, but not over there. You need to do something. If I was the neighbor, I'd just keep the dog since it's obvious you don't care about him. If you cared about him, you'd keep him in your yard since your neighbor has threatened to kill him. Grow up and take responsibility. Do something other than just laugh when he goes next door. One day he'll go there and he won't come back.
• United States
21 Jan 08
If the dog is perceived as a threat, he does. The neighbor can always lie and say that the dog tried to attack him, his kid or a family pet and that gives him the right to shoot to kill just as it does if you try to break in my house. It gives me the right to protect what's mine. What's important here is for the OP to find a way to keep the dog ON A LEASH or confined to his or her yard. I know Wal-Mart makes chain runs up to 500 feet. I have one for one of my labs as she won't quit playing too close to the street. The other 2 are fine, but she is an idiot.
• United States
21 Jan 08
Oh, and just because it's against the law, doesn't mean it won't happen. Murder is against the law and it happens every day. It's against the law to speed and it happens every day. If you care even one OUNCE about this dog, keep him inside or build a pen to keep him in. Like I said, one day he's going to go over there, piss that guy off and he won't come back. I went round and round with my neighbor who threatened to shoot me and our dogs becuase he swore that our labs were attacking and killing his chickens. Our labs don't run as we keep an eye on them. Come to find out, coyotes were killing his chickens and he tried to blame our labs for it. He even caught a coyote in his coop eating his chickens. And yet he still tried to blame us! But he's just an a-hole.
• Canada
4 Jun 11
You have a right to shoot and kill and animal if it is posing a mortal threat to you or your kids. Also if somebody denies it was (the owner, animal rights groups and other assorted riff-raff) you have the law on your side if you are on your property. Nobody knows if the dog was NOT a mortal threat to you. There are hundreds of animal experts who would testify on your behalf that even the most domesticated and 'nice' animals can snap on a rare occasion. That is ALL it takes by the way. There are enough cases where "sweet-never-hurt-a-fly-dogs" have bitten off the faces of three year olds. I've been in several cases with this type of situation (I am not a lawyer but work for one and I accompany him on many cases a year). If you are a dog owner and you care about your dog get a chain lease because if your neighbor shoots your dog when the dog is on his property and you sue him you are FAR more likely to lose and for him to sue and WIN against you. Believe it or not in the USA people are still seen as more important than even the most beloved pooches. go figure (*sarcasm*). If you love your dog prove it by keeping him/her on a proper wander leash/stake system. And it wouldn't hurt you to extend a little kindness to your neighbor by respecting his property either.
• Canada
22 Jul 08
I live in Canada, regardless I think anyone who shoots a dog is out of their mind and needs severe help. Obvioulsy anyone who would shoot a dog, has absolutely no respect for animals, and is a very uncompassionate person. They also need help with anger managment, and need to be taught about the laws which protect animals from animal cruelty. Secondly, even when an owner has the best intentions, and keeps a dog tied up and/or fenced in, dogs do sometimes escape by accident. Gardeners and other people, sometimes workers in a persons backyard and or accessing a persons backgate in a yard, often leave a backgate open by mistake, and then the dog gets out. It's not the owners fault, if the person cutting the lawn forgets to shut the back gate properly. Sometimes other cleaning staff, or elderly people sick with dementia, will leave a door open to a house by mistake, and the dog gets out. If the dog then goes into another persons yard, this is no reason to kill an animal, or entirely insult the owner. I am an owner of 2 dogs, and have had dogs all my life. There have been times when my dog got out of its collar because the collar wan't tight enough, when people have left the back gate open my accident when cutting the lawn / or shovelling snow, and also times when the fence came loose, and the dog got out underneath, and my dogs ended up on the street, luckily people were always kind enough to phone me , as I've always had idenification tags on their collars. A dog does not need to be shot for any of these reasons, nor an owner attacked or verbally insulted, to the extent to the comments on this website. It would be nice if we live in a perfect world, however we do not, and accidents happen all the time. This is not justification for murdering an animal, especially someones beloved dog. People need to be more respectful towards animals, and the love people have for their pets. My dogs are my children, and anyone who would harm them, or shoot them for a mistake of getting out of a yard, deserves to be severly punished by law. The best way to handle this situation is communication with the neighbour, understanding, patience, forgiveness, and a little love and kindness, and respect for people and animals! Basically, treating others how you would like to be treated in return!
• United States
7 Nov 08
Whoopdee Doo and good for You White Eagle ... Keep your Dogs off my Property and they wont get Shot ! I'm a property owner and found this site cause I'm lookig at ways to address my Scumbag neighbor about keeping his Stupid Retarted aggressive Dog (which has some kinda of "pit bull " in him for sure) On His Property !!! I mentioned something to him about it when we met a year or so ago... and since then Ive seen his dog running free on my property numerous times and terrorizing another neighbors cats (on their property !) So White Eagle .... Is THAT treating someone how you want to be treated ? Those people are Scumbags and Dont give a crap about their dog. THey Thought ..."yippee" we're moving out to the COuntry...so we can get a dog...and they got a dog...and they feed it ...and THATS IT !!! I have 5 dogs ...and I keep them fenced in my back yard ... even though I own property For 1000's of Feet in ALL directions.... SO why cant those Scumbags (who only own about 1.5 acres of land ) keep their 1 Dog in their OWN YARD ? Because they Are Scumbags ...and Say Lies like "I've tried Everything " Like Ive read other places here ... BS !!! You Havent tried everything !!! You Frikkin Liar ! People are lazy and Too many of them should NOT be allowed to own pets... I dont care if you have to tie your dog up with towchain...or Line your Fence with concrete blocks buried in the ground... Keep your Frikkin Dog on Your property... Or it WILL GET SHOT ! Hey White Eagle... Your problem is ...That Because Your Dogs are Your Children ...You think Everyone is Like You ??? Pffft. Thats Stupid .... Everyone is Not like You ...and Does not treat their dogs like You ...and Do NOT even try to keep their Dogs contained .... SO....It is NOT AN ACCIDENT when their Dogs cause trouble on other peoples property.... It is Clear Neglegence of the Irrisponsible Dog owner. So what ? They need to be Coddled and treated with Love ? LOL ROFL Sorry White Eagle ... a few bad apples have to spoil it for everyone... keep your dog On your property ..(or else .... BANG ! ).. as for laws.... Pffft... when you live out here ... Your land ...your laws ! the scumbags will get one more verbal warning...and I'll even ask politely and nicely... and we'll see what happens ....
• United States
30 Dec 09
too many people have sick minds and think animals are people...kids......they are a little crazy! wake up! they are dogs ,treat them as pets....restrain them. If you want the law to stand behind your pets....then stand behind the law....don't let them tresspass!!! does that seem so hard? if it does...then your pet should be killed!!! and YOU are the one to blame!!! why is this so hard to understand?
@sam116 (1)
• United States
7 May 09
i have a suggestion, why dont you try calling the owners first, they dont want to deal with fines when they could just tie up the dog. if that doesnt work the fines shold be issued but at least contact the owner.
• United States
20 Nov 08
I live in Florida. I having been having problems with my neighbor's dog. Our have neighbor's shared our fence without permission for the past 7 years. This past month their dog has dug under our fence and come into our backyard. The dog is sweet, but we have 3 German Shepherds that can kill it given the opportunity because they are guard dogs. We've often had to babysit the dog when the neighbors weren't home and have told the neighbor repeatedly what can happen, but it doesn't register. If my dogs kill their dog can they sue me? I've had "Bad Dog" signs posted since I've moved here 10 years ago.