Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Colorado

Q: How much force am I allowed to use to defend myself from an attacking dog

This attack occurred on my property against myself and my dog who was on a leash we were attacked by three large dogs over 100 lb each

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Michael Joseph Larranaga
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  • Parker, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Use of force is a factual question in every case. That being said, use of force against a human is vastly different than use of force against an animal. There is a chance you may run afoul of animal abuse laws, local ordinances, and other. But a dog can kill you.

If this is a continuous circumstance or if you were injured. I would recommend contacting an attorney. They can help you review local ordinances and determine the best course of action if this situation arises again.

The fact the act occurred on your land is concerning. If these dogs are owned by someone then they could be liable for any damages the dogs may do to your property including your dog or your person. In addition, the owner may have a responsibility to keep their dog restrained.

Please be aware that this is not legal advice. This is generic information intended to help the reader develop questions to ask an attorney when they are ready. Each case is different. Anyone reading this answer in need of legal advice should contact an attorney. Larranaga Law offers free case evaluation. Please note that representation is not guaranteed.


Michael Larranaga

Larranaga Law


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