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drdriller

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Coverage if I shoot a dog
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:33:03 PM »
If I have to shoot a dog and/or kill it because I feared an attack, feared for my safety, or was protecting my property, does my Law Shield membership cover me for this?

If so, what are the circumstances needed to be found not guilty of a crime if I shoot a dog?

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john
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drdriller

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Re: Coverage if I shoot a dog
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2014, 07:12:21 PM »
I also sent in a private email
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Re: Coverage if I shoot a dog
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 09:58:05 AM »
drdriller,

There is no general right to use force or deadly force against a dog that is attacking a human. The Texas Health & Safety Code has authorized the killing of a dog or coyote if it is attacking a domestic animal, livestock or fowl, but not a human. There is a self-defense provision contained in the cruelty to animalís crime, but it only applies to attacks from "dangerous wild animals", however, dogs are not in this category. A person who is charged with a crime resulting from defending themselves or another, would have to rely on the defense of necessity, showing that to not commit a crime would actually result in a worse consequence. Such as, to not shoot an attacking dog would result in a mauled child. Keep in mind that if a person does use a firearm to kill a dog, that they could not only be charged with cruelty to animals, but also any of the gun crimes, i.e. display by a concealed license holder, disorderly conduct, deadly conduct, discharge in a municipality, or discharge in violation of municipal ordinance. Related to your specific circumstance, it would most likely be a question which would have to be decided by a judge or jury. TLS reviews each case on a case-by-case basis. In the situation you provided, barring other circumstances, this would be covered by TLS.

Hope this helps.
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drdriller

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Re: Coverage if I shoot a dog
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2014, 12:04:52 PM »
Thanks for the reply.  In my specific circumstance that I cited, It is good to know TLS will represent me.
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Re: Coverage if I shoot a dog
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2017, 06:23:30 PM »
Any chance this law has changed in the last 2 1/2 years?

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Re: Coverage if I shoot a dog
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 05:18:47 PM »
wacojohn,

Unfortunately, at this time this is still the way these situations are handled because there has not been a change in these laws.