Saint Louis, MO asked in Animal / Dog Law and Wrongful Death for Missouri

Q: Hi, What rules exist in MO surrounding neighbors shooting and killing roaming dogs owned by another neighbor?

My husband and I own a farm in Perryville, MO. Our neighboring farmer shot and killed our shepherd dog when it roamed onto his farm and started barking at his cows. He did not alert out farm hands about the problem; instead he shot the dog and never told us. Our farm hands later found the dog dead near his property, and the farmer later admitted to killing the dog because it was "bothering his cows". What recourse do we have over this obvious lack of compassion?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing

A: Basically a violation of game laws & or laws on killing animals if any. You can only recover for the value of the dog based on sale price for a dog that age.

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