Do dog owners just not care any more? Long story short 4 dogs came onto my property today and I saw them running from the road. I saw the running straight toward my chicken coop so I grabbed my bb gun and went outside. I had no plans on shooting them but they were after the chickens trying to dig and get in. One dog was a beagle mix, one was a chocolate lab, one was a coonhound and the other was another bird dog mix. The beagle was closest so I shot it in the butt and it yelped and ran half way across my yard. The other dogs didnt stop so I shot the chocolate lab in the butt and it ran off ( it didnt seem to hurt it it just walked off ) towards my sheep pasture. The mix followed the beagle and the only one left was the coondog and it was still trying to get in. I shot it and I know I hit it but it didnt seem to hurt it at all. It just stood there looking confused and started walking up to me??? As it turns out the dog was friendly so I didnt shoot it. Oh and did I mention that during all of this it is flooding outside!!! The coondog then walks into my garage and makes himself at home and will NOT Leave! I threw it out but it would walk right in. Then some kids were standing at the gate of my property and were calling the dogs but the dogs werent coming. I loaded up the coon dog and drove it down to them ( in the pouring rain )and then they said it wasnt theirs. The beagle was theirs and it soon ran up to them. The mix ran up too and I loaded it up in the back of my golfcart. I drove the kids home and they unloaded their beagle and the lady whose was the owner of the mix walked up. She said Oh sorry about that if he ever gets out again just bring him back to me you know where I live at . The lady said she let him run loose during the day but at night she put them up! I told her I have sheep, donkey, turkeys and chickens and that I dont want any dogs killing them. She said she would TRY to keep an eye on him! I drove back home and the chocolate lab was standing at my sheep pasture about to go in after my bottle baby and my guardian donkey. I shot him in the butt again and he ran off ( I hope to his house ) GAH why cant dog owners be more responsible??? I have a dog and she never gets out and runs off. I have an electric collar on her. It isnt fair for me to keep my dog at home in a small area and their dogs get to run all over the place Anyway I didnt want to shoot them but I had to get them to leave I couldnt call the animal shelter because it is Saturday. Is it illegal to shoot dogs that havent killed anything yet? I think it is considered animal abuse but I am not sure? Can anyone help me out? I dont want to get into trouble if the dogs owners find out that I shot their dogs with a bb gun. I really dont think it hurt them because I didnt pump it up much and I stood a good distance back. Oh and I still dont know who owns the coon dog but he isnt at my house anymore.