Can You Legally Shoot a Dog in Texas

“Anyone who shoots an animal other than livestock, including stray or wild cats or dogs, and a wild creature that has already been captured, can be charged with a crime. Texas State Criminal Code 42.092 states that a person must have the owner`s consent to kill the animal. It is clear that a `stray` dog or cat does not have an owner or that the person shooting the animal has not received the consent of the owner. But say it doesn`t work that way. Instead, let`s imagine saying I`m unrepentant against pit bulls. My question is: can I shoot the damn thing? Colleen Lynn, founder of, told me I was probably too worried. She pointed out that the former governor of our state got away with shooting a coyote he thought was attacking his dog and inspired what is now known in this jurisdiction as the “Rick Perry Principle”: you can shoot any animal you want as long as you`re the governor. But a quick look at the Texas Health and Safety Code is not reassuring. Texas law provides legal coverage if you shoot a dog that “attacks, is about to attack, or has recently attacked livestock, pets, or chickens… I don`t know. There are people online who say I can. says, for example, “In general, it is perfectly legal to do whatever it takes to prevent a dog caught red-handed from attacking a person or livestock.

The owner of a dog has no legal right to someone`s money who injures or kills the dog while protecting a person or farm animal from attack. Nor is the person guilty of a crime; Many animal cruelty laws explicitly exempt the injury or killing of a dog in these circumstances. “When it comes to killing an attacking dog, the Catch-22 has to do with how you kill. In one case, attorney Kenneth M. Phillips, the author of this website, was interviewed by a Purple Heart beneficiary who, while confined to his wheelchair, shot at an attacking pit bull and was later prosecuted for cruelty to animals and unloading a firearm within city limits. If you have to kill a dog legally, do so in a way that does not result in criminal charges being laid. You can legally euthanize your pet (i.e. kill to relieve pain) in certain circumstances. You must meet the two criteria listed below to legally kill your pet. You see the dog walking around your property and you feel like it`s a threatening situation for you and your family.

So act and shoot the dog because you believe you are acting in self-defense. This law applies only to domestic animals and livestock. In this regard, Texas` animal cruelty law is stricter than in other states. For example, it does not protect circus animals, wild animals, and animals used in experiments. And to further increase the odds against you, some liberal-minded jurors believe that using a gun against an animal for any reason (including self-defense) constitutes cruelty to animals. Get enough of these people on your jury, and you won`t have the chance to get away with a “not guilty” verdict. Then, as I said, I have my own problems. I intend to talk to the owner of the flying pit bull. Let us imagine that it takes care of it.

Let`s say, “Of course, I now see that my pit bull can fly. I can`t keep it in the yard. It shows a certain tendency to attack. That`s why I`m going to have it asked. After separating your dog from the attacking dog, you must first obtain the names and contact information of the other people involved (dog owners, dog handlers, rescuers, if any) as well as witnesses (those who saw what happened, those who heard testimonies from people at the scene of the crime). Check for bites, torn clothing and other damage yourself and show it to witnesses and other parties involved. It is a defense when a person has a well-founded fear of physically injuring themselves or another person by a dangerous wild animal. Or a person has a defense for bona fide experiments for scientific research. A person may stumble upon a horse to identify the owner or provide veterinary care to the horse. It is also a defense if the person is involved in studying experiences in good faith. When you ask a veterinarian to lay your pet, it`s called “owner-requested euthanasia” or “convenience euthanasia.” It remains to be seen whether this new law will become an effective way to ensure humane treatment of wildlife. First, the scope of this law is not very broad.

The new law does not apply to facilities such as research institutions, zoos, circuses, television or film companies, college mascots or primates used in biomedical research. Second, some counties have not yet implemented or administered the certification program required by these new laws, although these programs were scheduled to come into effect on December 1, 2001. Recently, the Texas Attorney General issued a statement explaining each county`s obligations in establishing dangerous wildlife registration programs. Specifically, each Texas county has two options: it can choose to ban the possession of dangerous wildlife altogether, or it may need to establish a registration program to ensure that these animals are properly trapped and cared for. It remains to be seen whether the district authorities will comply with this legal and judicial mandate. I like to do nothing less than tell you the truth. But it is the fact that this law does not treat people fairly. Examples of legal methods of killing animals include Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an animal welfare advocate. He was troubled by the unnecessary suffering of an animal. He wrote to the Oxford zoologist in 1871: Texas laws also describe acceptable defenses that a person could argue if tried for animal cruelty. While a defendant`s actions may technically fall within the definition of cruelty, the law recognizes that there are a very limited number of circumstances in which it is permissible to injure or kill an animal. First, in a situation where one person has killed another person`s animal, the law will not hold the person responsible if the animal was discovered on someone else`s property and was killing or injuring another pet.

Second, tripping a horse is permitted if it is done for identification or veterinary purposes. Third, a person can kill an animal if they are afraid of hurting themselves or another person. Finally, a person is allowed to kill an animal if it is generally acceptable and otherwise legal. The latter provision deals with situations such as fishing, hunting, livestock or wildlife control. A 1966 Life Magazine article, “Concentration Camps for Dogs,” sparked an investigation into the deplorable living conditions of a dog dealer in Maryland for his dogs. This triggered public pressure for standards of breeding and care. If you are in a city where there are leash laws and other laws regarding the confinement or control of dogs, and you believe that the other party has violated one of these laws, call the police and animal control services while you are still on the scene. Well, I don`t know the truth.

But because Prichard used a lethal weapon (a shovel), he faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of animal cruelty. Note that the law is “Person.” It does not say “non-human” or “animal”. Therefore, it has no relevance for cases of cruelty to animals. I walk through the alleys with my dogs. No, not for that reason. I continue to lose weight. I walk my dogs through the alleys because the one that belongs to me, unlike the one that belongs to my wife, has its own little problem when people surprise her. It is under control. I hold them on a tight leash, especially when I see an aggressive dog sniffer approaching me, one of those people who will kiss your dog on the mouth no matter what you say to warn him. To defend herself, Prichard repeatedly hit Candy with a shovel and then threw her into a pool, where she drowned. The Rangers will honor almost everything on the field except Gay Pride.

and win A non-livestock animal is a domesticated creature. Stray or wild dogs and cats are non-farm animals.