Raleigh, NC asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for North Carolina

Q: If a dog breaks loose out of its owner’s house am I able to stop the dog by picking it up, pushing it, or kicking it?

My sister and I were walking my dog on the sidewalk past a house and their dog breaks through the door and runs at me and my sister. Are we able to stop the dog by physical means if it runs at us and is acting aggressive? I dont want to hurt the dog but if it stops me, my sister and dog safe I will do it. If it helps we live in Raleigh, Wake county area.

1 Lawyer Answer
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran
  • Yadkinville, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: I would have to read the municipal codes for Raleigh to know for sure, but as a general rule, you are allowed to defend yourself if you reasonably feel threatened. My strong suspicion is that you would be fine as long as you could reasonably claim you were defending yourself, sister, or your dog.

Rishona Peace agrees with this answer

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