Thread: Shooting a Dog
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Old January 15, 2012, 09:42 AM   #5
Brian Pfleuger
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If a person is at substantial risk from a dog, virtually every jurisdiction would allow deadly force against the animal.

I say "virtually" because some one will surely come up with some sort of exception, though I can't really imagine it in legal terms.

Deadly/physical force laws are directed at force against humans. The only laws that really apply to defending against a dog would be animal cruelty laws, in most cases.

Regardless, the standard for justification is going to be a lot lower than it would be against a human. In the scenario of a direct, "in-progress" attack, a person would certainly be justified in shooting the dog.
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