Michigan City, IN asked in Criminal Law and Wrongful Death for Indiana

Q: I live in Indiana and my neighbor said he will shoot my dog if he goes into his yard. Is this legal or a threat ?

I know president Trump just passed a new animal abuse law

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Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: No President has the authority to pass any laws. That is the exclusive province of Congress. I cannot speak to Federal Law, but Indiana State Law (IC 35-46-3-12.5) protects against Domestic violence animal cruelty

Sec. 12.5. A person who knowingly or intentionally kills a vertebrate animal with the intent to threaten, intimidate, coerce, harass, or terrorize a family or household member commits domestic violence animal cruelty, a Level 6 felony.

A Level 6 Felony is punishable by 6 - 30 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. This would be of little consolation if he shoots your dog. If you cannot keep your dog off of his property, you should build a fence. They say strong fences make good neighbors.

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