a dog killed 2 of my chickens, what do i do?

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  1. goosesarecool7

    goosesarecool7 New Egg

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    Just today, two neighbor dogs killed two of my chickens.

    I'm not sure if there are laws, as this is my first time raising chickens, but I need to know if I can call in about this and such, I've had a lot of problems with the neighbors dogs in the past. I have all my chickens / goose in a pen, and I think they got in by jumping on a bin I had on the ground.

    If I call in about it to someone, what can they do? Will the dogs be put down or something?

    The chickens were still warm (but dead) when I went out there to scare them off, I hit one with a stick, but that's it. I wasn't sure if I could shoot them, but the pen is on my property. I have photos of each of the chickens as well as videos of me trying to "wake them up" and such.

    I just need to know what the laws on this in Washington State.

    both the dogs are smaller black dogs, and they live right across the street.

    I haven't moved the chickens yet, and I'm not sure if my goose is hurt.

    I still haven't called in about this because I'm not sure if I can do anything, but I really need to know what will happen / what I can do, so if you can help please do.
     
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Hi,
    So sorry about your birds! Look up Wash. State laws for animals which kill farm animals on the State website. Also dog laws. Here in PA it is lawful to shot a dog which is on your property killing any livestock. The owner of the animal is also liable to repay your livestock's worth. I think that may also cover any get it would have produced? Not sure on that, have to check. Anyway, that is PA. Check Washington State. I am sure you have recourse and should definitely take it.
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    Karen
     
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  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    I would definitely call police or sheriffs department - whichever has jurisdiction where you live. Report the dogs and start documenting everything. If they come back, get pictures. Whether or not you can shoot them may depend on if you're in a residential area or not. Make sure it's legal before you do anything.
     
  4. Lisa Wood

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    [ I'm not sure if I'm posting this in the right thread. ]

    Just today, two neighbor dogs killed two of my chickens.

    I'm not sure if there are laws, as this is my first time raising chickens, but I need to know if I can call in about this and such, I've had a lot of problems with the neighbors dogs in the past. I have all my chickens / goose in a pen, and I think they got in by jumping on a bin I had on the ground.

    If I call in about it to someone, what can they do? Will the dogs be put down or something?

    The chickens were still warm (but dead)  when I went out there to scare them off, I hit one with a stick, but that's it. I wasn't sure if I could shoot them, but the pen is on my property. I have photos of each of the chickens as well as videos of me trying to "wake them up" and such.

    I just need to know what the laws on this in Washington State.

    both the dogs are smaller black dogs, and they live right across the street.

    I haven't moved the chickens yet, and I'm not sure if my goose is hurt.

    I still haven't called in about this because I'm not sure if I can do anything, but I really need to know what will happen / what I can do, so if you can help please do.

    I also do not know the laws in your state, so i would call animal control out first thing in am, let them see the dead birds, and find out from there. I would want to know if there is leash law. If so, your neighbors violated it and Animal Control should have protocol for the steps they take with neighbor. I would write all that down or get the website explaining the law. Then you want to know if its legal to shoot to kill, do you have to warn neighbors, etc etc.
    I am a dog nut. My neighbors had a Pit Bull that used to find its way to my yard with my dogs fenced going ballistic because they see strange dog in their yard. I have no idea what kind of vet care, if any, strange dog has, etc.
    I caught him up, took him home and explained i owned expensive show and performance dogs, ( partially accurate) and I would not hesitate to prosecute if there was any damage to my dogs, or if they caught any nasty stuff. That statement probably was not accurate, but it did the trick. Never saw the dog on my property again.
     

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