Cabot, AR asked in Wrongful Death for Arkansas

Q: Can neighbor shoot my bird dog that got out of pen followed him and his dog home for chasing his chickens

He claimed he shot at my dog for having 3 chickens cornered then the dog ran approx. 80 yard away from chickens he pursued my dog and shot it at point blank in the Bach of the neck below skull with 9 mm he knew it was my dog is this justified

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Michael Darren O'Quinn
Michael Darren O'Quinn
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: It depends.

A pet owner may sue a person who purposefully hurt or killed his animal under different legal theories, including conversion, trespass to chattel (an old-school legal term for destroying or interfering with someone else's property), or intentional infliction of emotional distress.

On the other hand, a person can shoot a dog that he knows killed or is about to catch, injure, or kill a domesticated animal (chickens included) without liability. ACA 20-19-102.

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