Alexandria, KY asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky

Q: Would i be criminally or civily liable for shooting my brothers dog that was attacking our other dog?

I tried everything 2 get them apart. 1 had the other neck & was yelping and choking and acting like it couldn't breathe. They've fought before, but never this bad. I tried to pry his mouth off with a cane, i tried getting a rope over the body and pulling, i tried getting a board between them, I i tried a taser, but nothing worked. I even tried pulling the hind legs like I've read before and that didnt work either. I went and got my gun and again tried to get him off, using a cane yelling & even dropping a glass ashtray 2 try to make a loud noise. Nothing would work and he bit me in the process of trying to get him off. Usually, we let them go and they stop, but this was way different. My 80-year-old grandmother was the only other person there and she couldn't help, she almost had a heart attack, at least that's what she says. I finally used the gun as a last resort and tried to aim at the leg and fired one shot. He let go. I feel horrible but am also worried about the law. Advice?

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Louisville, KY
  • Licensed in Kentucky

A: Most likely not, no.

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