I am new to this forum but glad I found it. My husband and I have really gotten into keeping our chickens. I absolutely love them! I get great joy in having the eggs and taking care of them. I live in a state where there is a leash law, in the county there is a leash law too. I also live outside of city limits so there is no city ordinance on poulty keeping. This started when we noticed there was a dog that kept coming around, digging under the pen and we had several disapear. My husband and I both saw the dig digging and chasing around the pen. Then my husband went over there. The neighbor came over and we showed her where the dog was digging and asked her to keep her dog up before there was a problem. On a seperate occasion my husband talked to her boyfriend about keeping the dog up and out of our yard. She gave us money to replace the chicken and chicken wire and told us that she would keep her dog up and thanked us for not shooting the dog. She obviously knew that was a possibility. We also told her that we were going to set a live trap. That week, the trap was snapped, the food was gone in it and the gate was open,,,,, as if someone let the animal out... At that time she also told us that she was trying to get rid of the dog because it didnt listen to her. Trusting her, when we noticed that there were more hens that came up missing, we tried to give her the money back and she refused it and said as long as she could let her dog "run" my husband said as long as the chickens were up. I told her before she walked off that I wasnt comfortable with that because my concern was it would eventually get to our hens. So of course, one day my husband was out there with the hens in our yard and their dog was let out and it came over on our yard and was trying to kill one of the chickens. Her boyfriend let it out to run. So my husband shot it because it was trying to kill one of the hens. It had it in its mouth. It passed away. Now we get a nasty lawyer letter threatening to take us to court and sue us for vet bills, pay her attorney fees, and remove all of our chickens according to the restrictions. I didnt know that they were on the restrictions and just wondering how it can be an issue now, when she never adressed it before? She even gave us cash to replace one. Has anyone ever had legal issues like this? In the state where we live the intentional killing of an animal is justified when it threatens injury or death to a person or animal belonging to that person. I just dont see how because they are "against restrictions", that we werent even aware about to begin with makes it okay for her to break the leash law, let her dog run loose to come over and try to kill them, and then after being warned twice, the dog is shot, and dies, and the person thinks they can sue for damages? Has anyone been down this road before? Then to have a lawyer threaten me to remove my chickens, demand that I pay his fees, and her vet bills, cant be exactly legal. Irresponsible people need to keep their "pets" whom they love so much, out of harms way, and off of other peoples yards. I mean really, if it got hit by a car, would they sue the driver of the car. If it came and was trying attack my child and I shot it, would she sue? Funny considering the pet owner has a civil responsibility for damages that their "pet" whom they love so much, destroys. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and I can assure you this is exactly how the situation went down. If anyone has been down this road before, any advice is a blessing too!