Houston, TX asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas

Q: Can my mom sue her neighbor for shooting her dog that was on their property? Told them if they were to just use a bb gun

The day before her dog was playing with one of their chickens in the yard and she took the chicken home and asked they not shoot her dog if he was in their yard. She asked that if they did to just use a bb gun. They said they did not have a bb gun but they did have a pellet gun not a bb gun. She pleaded with them not use the pellet gun and that she would give them a bb gun. The next morning her 9 month old puppy was dead on the front porch. He was able to make it home after being shot. He did not do any damage to their property or farm animals. Can she do a civil law suit?

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Maybe.

But your mom had a duty to keep her dog in her own yard. So your mom could share some of the legal responsibility.

And your damages will be measured by the price or value of the pup.

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