gravedancer wrote:If you realistically feel that you (or someone else) is in danger of death or serious injury from the dog, then you are legally on solid ground if you shoot. Just remember that if you do so, you will likely end up in court and need to convince a judge/jury that you were justified. If the dog attacking you is a Rotty or a Pit or something, it will be alot easier to do this than if the attacking dog were a 5lb Mi-Ki (aka $5000 purse dog) like my girlfriend has.
SAMI wrote:I find it interesting how many of you would just drop a dog that's coming at you, or better yet, one that nipped your pant leg? A dog closing in on you can be intimidating, but a nip on the pant leg or foot? Come on, there are plenty of breeds that are hard wired to do exactly that (sheep dogs)
SAMI wrote:I find it interesting how many of you would just drop a dog that's coming at you, or better yet, one that nipped your pant leg? A dog closing in on you can be intimidating, but a nip on the pant leg or foot? Come on, there are plenty of breeds that are hard wired to do exactly that (sheep dogs). There are signs on how to tell if a K9 is going to attack, and its all in body language - specifically their face. Ears back, snarling or growling, tail lowered/tucked, lowered front end ready to jump/pounce will be a red flag. A dog barking coming at you with his ears up, tail wagging, is generally not a threat; hes just wanting to make noise and tell you it's his area - or he wants to play.
Just like you should have situational awareness about people in your surroundings, I feel it's important to do the same for K9's. Take some time to learn a bit more about what behaviors they will display if they are truly coming after you to attack, vs a dog that just wants to make its presence known.
If a dog is coming at you, stand your ground or lunge at IT. You will most likely throw a curve ball which will cause the dog to stop and rethink if you're really worth it. Dogs are pack animals, display that you are the top dog..
.... If all else fails and it attacks, put a hole through its brain the size of Detroit as mentioned earlier. Then bring down a [insert]storm upon the owner's head.
bagpiper wrote:In addition to being legally within your rights to shoot a loose dog that is threatening to harm you, State law also allows you to put down any dog that is menacing your domestic livestock. I consider a dog on leash and under my control to be domestic livestock that I am responsible to protect from an unleashed, aggressive dog.
18-1-3. Dogs attacking domestic animals, service animals, hoofed protected wildlife, or domestic fowls.
Any person may injure or kill a dog while:
(1) the dog is attacking, chasing, or worrying:
(a) a domestic animal having a commercial value;
(b) a service animal, as defined in Section 62A-5b-102; or
(c) any species of hoofed protected wildlife;
(2) the dog is attacking domestic fowls; or
(3) the dog is being pursued for committing an act described in Subsection (1) or (2).
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