GA Woman Shoots Neighbors Dog

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mattemma, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 12, 2009
  2. chikinfarmr

    chikinfarmr Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 27, 2011
    Southern tip of Illnois
    I think if you have livestock of any type you should be able to defend them from any predator. If the predator is on your property and has killed your livestock you should be able to take care of the predator.
  3. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2010
    It was in Pennsylvania, not Georgia...I saw from the story that she had caught the dog and tied it up to shoot it, which is probably the reason for the cruelty charge. The story didn't say if this was the first incident, but that may factor in as well.
  4. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nothing I like better than unbiased, balanced reporting. [​IMG] Why, when stories like this appear on the news is it always about the "poor dog" and his owners? What about the poor animals he attacked and their owners?
  5. Poupoulles

    Poupoulles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 17, 2007
    Mayberry (really!)
    If it had been a pit bull the headline would have been "Rabbit owner saves bunnies from vicious killer." But since its a lab, there you go. I hope the shooter gets her day in court. She was within her rights.
  6. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2011
    Lake Placid, FL
    That is really a tough one and I really do not know who to side with. I know that personally I could not tie a dog to a tree and shot it and the way it was done here was three to the head sort of execution style. On the other side of the coin the woman raised rabbits and was certainly angry and distraught when she saw one of her own pets dead. The reality here is that no one is going to win regardless of right and wrong. Robert Frost said "Good fences make good neighbors." But in addition dog owners also have an obligation to keep their pets out of other people's property. I am afraid that in this situation, both parties were wrong.
  7. Emptywagon2

    Emptywagon2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 20, 2011
    North East Texas

    I agree..
  8. War Chicken

    War Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2011
    Generally, self-defense and defense-of laws focus on imminent threats. Once the threat ceases, your legal options become limited. For livestock, it depends on the laws of the state. Some will allow you to pursue the dog a reasonable time or distance (or even indefinitely) even after the threat to your livestock is no longer over (this is probably based on the assumption that dogs are repeat offenders and it saves farmers the trouble of having to wait for them to cause trouble the next time).

    If that woman wanted to kill that dog, she should have at least untied it afterwards or used a more discrete method. And if she told the police the dog was tied up at the time, well, she shouldn't have confessed.

    The other issue that livestock defense cases turn on is whether the animal was attacking livestock. This is where some kind of surveillance camera system comes in handy. Such a system is also useful in figuring out native predator problems too.
  9. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2011
    athens, wv
    while i'm sorry she lost a rabbit she admitted to tying up a dog then shooting it. She's gonna have the book thrown at her. Even though the dog did wrong once its tied up its no immediate threat. So all a lawyers gonna have to do is ask why you didn't call the police, pound, etc. It would be the same as someone robbing me at gunpoint if i felt my life or family was in danger and killed them prob self defense. but if i disarmed him and tied him up then shot him then i'd be in jail. But after being in the army and all the political b.s we always went by the saying better to be judged by 12 then carried by 6. just my 2 cents
  10. mohillbilly

    mohillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2012
    Poplar Bluff , MO
    If she would have called the law after tying the dog up its owner would have been fined and required to pay for her rabbit..and if it happened a second time she could have forced the owner to put the dog least that's the way the laws are written here where i am... tho we have problems with feral dog packs here occasionally and we all take shots at them when they come around.

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