West Virginia law allows livestock owners to kill dogs at large that chases, wounds, worries or kills their livestock. It also provides a way to recoup losses and damages from the dog owner. It EVEN requires the dog owner to kill the offending dog. Two dogs wounded one of my hens this morning while they were on their morning romp through my yard. What should I charge the dog owner for the hen? Going rate for laying hens are around $10...but I'm mad. I'm thinking $10 for the hen plus the cost of a bag of feed. Or...$10 for the hen plus the amount of eggs I'm out of for a year which is two dozen a month x $3.50/dz= $94. This is NOT a discussion about having secure pens...they have that. I let them out of the pen supervised...but had to hit the head. I came back out and the two mutts were in my yard chasing chickens.