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Shooting to save your dog.................

Discussion in 'Legal' started by 2dogs, Jan 1, 2003.

  1. 2dogs

    2dogs Well-Known Member

    Not sure if this should be here or "General" so don't yell at me.:D

    OK dog lover's (and anyone else):

    Putting aside the variables that could be involved, and the how's or why's and likelihood of this situation occuring:

    1. Would you be legally justified in shooting a BG to save your dog (I think I know, or can guess the answer here).

    2. Would you be morally justified in doing so.

    3. Given your answer to the above, would you?

  2. nemesis

    nemesis Well-Known Member

    That may come down to property laws. As I understand it, you couldn't shoot a BG for abusing or attacking your dog but Texas does allow the use of deadly force to prevent damage to or loss of property.
  3. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Self defense does not extend to the protection of animals. You must articulate that the BG was a threat to you and that Rover/Fifi/Fluffy was intercepting BG when you shot him/her.
  4. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Deadly force? No, maybe in Sweden and California.:D Or maybe if you had like a helper monkey or guide dog you could make an argument (could be a case in some state on this).

    Otherwise, as a general rule (each state has its own law) you may use reasonable force to defend your property, which includes your doggie.
  5. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Hmmm...I sense a huge debate brewing over whether or not animals are "property" and the like...


    1. Legally justified? *shrug*

    2. Morally? HELL FRICKIN' YES!!!

    3. Would I? Of course.
  6. AZTOY

    AZTOY Well-Known Member

    Well in AZ if a wild dog is "running" your livestock. You can shoot the dog .So in AZ animals are property and you can protect it.

    I had to killed a wild dog that was going after my horses.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2003
  7. Beren

    Beren Moderator Emeritus

    Morally or legally justified? Absolutely not. Animal life is never equal in value to that of humans.
  8. 2dogs

    2dogs Well-Known Member


    You may be right, you may be wrong- but you got real addytood:neener: :evil:
  9. PlayTheAces

    PlayTheAces Well-Known Member

    Well, I did pop a cat once who reached down from a wall and clawed my dog's nose. That was one surprised cat.
  10. 38Mike

    38Mike Well-Known Member

    "Sounds good to us"

    Rover and Heidi

  11. Drjones

    Drjones member

    I knew I shoulda clarified...

    Some people will say that an animal is equal in value to a TV or car; it is just another posession, and not worth shooting a human over.

    I disagree. I care very highly about animals, and I think that anyone who values criminal life over animal is the one with issues.

    Furthermore, there was an interesting thread on TFL about shooting someone over property.

    I happen to think that it is morally justifiable to shoot someone over property. If you don't like that, don't steal, and you won't have a problem! :neener:
  12. JeepDriver

    JeepDriver Well-Known Member

    If I'm ever in the position of having to draw a weapon on someone that is hurting my dog it's because their in my living room.

    My Lab is 5 1/2 years old and is my only child. My wife worries more about the dog then me sometimes. I don't know if I could keep myself from shooting someone hurting my dog.

    Legal, I don't know
    Moral, To Me Yes
  13. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Oh, and if I happened across some situation with some sicko hurting or torturing an animal intentionally, I think it perfectly morally correct to send more than a few bullets their way.

    The laws should be changed to reflect that.

    Again, I think its simple; if you don't want to catch bullets over something like that, don't do it.

    Jeffrey Dahmer got his start torturing squirrels in his backyard. He later progressed to murder 17 people, butcher them, keep various parts of theirs in the freezer (IIRC, he had a penchant for keeping penises) and ate them as well.

    People who torture animals have major issues. They might very well be beyond help, too.
  14. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Would this arguement hold up in court: that since the BG was using deadly force on your dog that you feared they would use deadly force on you when they finished with the dog?
  15. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    Drjones- First off I love dogs. But I'm also a hunter. So if the laws were changed to allow deadly force on people who harm animals, would this include hunters? I'm not trying to start an arguement, just that animal protection laws are a slippery slope.
  16. Glock Glockler

    Glock Glockler Well-Known Member

    Dan, whose property is the animal you're hunting? Is it private property, and done so with the owner's consent, or is it the property of the govt, and done so with their consent?
  17. Beren

    Beren Moderator Emeritus

    My family has owned cats and dogs my entire life. I loved them all, and wished I could've found the scumball who served intentionally to hit one of my cats.

    That said, I stand by my earlier statement: protection of animal life in no way justifies the taking of human life. I don't quite classify pets as property, but even if I did, I couldn't justify shooting someone over my TV set either.

    I /do/ see a justification to use reasonable force to prevent undue harm to someone's pet or property. If they are inside your home, I wouldn't blame you for having a firearm drawn and held ready. If they fail to comply with verbal instructions, shoot to stop. (Center of mass controlled pairs, evaluate, adjust as needed.)

    If I came across someone torturing an animal, I would instruct them to stop. If they ran or otherwise failed to obey, I would proceed with calling the police, provide first aid for the animal if possible, etc.

    Only if the person posed a grave threat of injury to me or another person would I use lethal force in defense. I hate to say it, but I view the "shoot the guy who is hurting my dog" mentality as one that borders on the barbaric. *** makes you judge, jury, and executioner? Lethal force is ONLY justifiable if the person employing it or another person (read person, not animal) is in immediate risk of grave physical harm.

    It's a slippery slope that justifies the tactics of every enviroweenie on the planet. It's okay to spike trees to prevent them from being chopped down - they are LIVING THINGS without any other means of defense! It's okay to gun down that hunter before he shoots the deer!

    Just witnessed a guy shooting your dog, on your property? I view it as reasonable to order him to drop the gun, and to shoot him if he fails to comply.

    What if the the guy who shot your dog was acting in self-defense? If your dog gets loose and runs at a little girl, do you expect daddy to trust in its good intentions? Hell no! If it's more than a small dog, it is as good as hamburger.
  18. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Daniel: Well clearly not, since (and this is a big assumption on my part) hunters aren't out to HURT animals; they just want to kill them.

    Now, before you start calling me a hypocrite, read on:

    In my post above, I was speaking more to cruel and unusual acts and torture. I did not intend to imply hunting in this.

    Now, if a hunter KNOWINGLY shoots an animal (doesn't kill it) and leaves it for dead, or leaves it crippled, that is different. That is not hunting; that is torturing animals. Like those idiots that set steel traps and never check them, leaving wounded animals to chew their own legs off....sick....

    Basically, if you set out to hunt an animal for food, and do so, that is perfectly fine. Hunting for "sport" is NOT fine, and in my little fantasy world, I would like to see people who hunt "just for the fun of it" catch a few bullets themselves. ESPECIALLY those who hunt rare and exotic animals.

    But I digress...

    Basically, hunting for food purposes is fine. Hunting for any other is not, IMHO.
  19. Soap

    Soap Well-Known Member

    GG- Good point. But what I got from Drjones' example is that deadly force could be justified in a case where a person tortures animals, even if they belong to that person.
  20. Drjones

    Drjones member

    Yes, because again: I do not consider animals to be mere "property" or posessions for people to do as they wish with them.

    If I caught someone torturing ANY animal, I don't care if they gave birth to it themselves, they should catch bullets.:fire:

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