My neighbor's wolf hybrid dog killed my entire flock last week, and they refuse to reimburse me for the damages. They claim that because my chickens were kept too close to my house (according to the local city animal code) that they are not liable because I shouldn't have had chickens in the first place. Now, I understand that my chickens were technically illegal in terms of city code enforcement, but it seems that the local animal control doesn't really care about these matters. We live in a small town surrounded by farmland, and many folks here own backyard chickens that are technically illegal in terms of distance from dwellings. It seems as long as the chickens aren't a noise/smell nuisance, nobody cares whether we own them or not. So, my question is, is a county superior court judge going to care whether or not my chickens were not in compliance with city code? Is the owner still liable for damages in this instance? My plan is to send a demand letter to the neighbor first, just to see if they will get scared and pay up.