I just joined byc,so greetings to all! I dont even know if i'm supposed to be asking this question here sorry if its in the wrong place. Anyways i've been having problems with the neighborhood dogs for quite some time,they tear up my chicken coop/run to get to my hens and have killed quite a few,i'm not a great carpenter and all i have to work with is chicken wire which they tear through even if i triple fence it.i've called animal many times to get the dogs they say they will but never come.Not only do they destroy my property and kill my hens but they even killed one of my cats.So for a solution i was thinking about purchasing a pellet gun to scare them off i dont want to kill them just scare them.But to not get in trouble with the law i called 311 the city customer service line to find out if i'm allowed to shoot a dog with a pellet gun within the city limits heres the answer i recieved: THAT IS ANIMAL ABUSE! Do not think of shooting a dog with a firearm if you do the owner can press charges on you and we(the city) will fine you and take you to court for killing a dog. COMPLETLY ignoring what i had just asked.I told the idiot that i didnt want to kill them just scare them with a slight injury,because they killed my pet cat and chickens which i consider pets.I even asked what if my life was in danger what if i caught the dog in the act of killing my chickens he said NO that i should have my chickens caged at all times.All he did was ignore me even my mother called and they gave her the same type of reponse. Here is what i want to know can I in San Antonio Texas shoot a dog with a pellet gun while in the act of killing my chickens.Can I shoot dogs that tresspass into my property? What else can I do to protect my hens? My poor hens are scared to death of everything now,what is everyones opinion on this am I in the wrong here? Sorry about the long post i'm just furious here why is a dogs life more important then my pet chickens what about my cats? Why is the city more concerned about what happens to the dogs why is it okay to have dead/injured hens but when the dog gets a wound they call cruelty . Whatever happened to leash laws?! Anyways Thank you in advance!