Tacoma, WA asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Washington

Q: Am i legally aloud to shoot a dog that is on my private property and is attempting to attack my own animals?

I am in the county and i am on my own private property, this dog constantly trespasses on my property and is aggressive towards my animals, and sometimes towards my wife and myself.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: You are permitted to use self defense to protect yourself, especially if you are on your own property. However, you should contact an attorney in your state for more information about fencing laws and when you can use deadly force to protect your animals which would likely be considered property.

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