Q: Do i have a case? 2 stray dogs killed 8 of my backyard chickens and injured 3.
I recovered 4 bodies, the other 4 are missing, presumed dead. I kept the dogs safe until owners could claim them. I have several photos of my flock pre attack, post attack, and of the dogs as well as piles of feathers in our yard. The owner offered no compensation, even when I asked. We asked for $160, $20 , per dead/missing chicken, not even the injured ones or lost value of the eggs the chickens would produce. She said no. We offered her to make payments. Still no. I'm in Indiana.
A: Most likely you have a claim for the value of the animals. Indiana likely has a small claims court option for you. I recommend looking into small claims courts in your area. This will be an inexpensive and relatively fast option for you to find some recovery.
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