Williams, IN asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Indiana

Q: If i shot a dog for eating chickens,someone said the bullet hit his house am i guilty criminal wrecklessness with DW

... im being investigated for level 5 felony. Are the laws simular to self defense laws? Considering my children could have been attacked by said dog. He killed 16 chickens that day have video evidence of dog eating my kids pets

1 Lawyer Answer
James A Hanson
James A Hanson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: It is always important to remember that sites like this are best used for more general legal questions. You don't want to share too many facts that could be used as admissions if charges are later filed.

Your situation involves more than one analysis.

One is whether you were justified in shooting the dog. That would be along the lines of Defense of Property or Defense of Others as you have observed already.

Another involves whether the manner in which you shot the dog was reckless or not. How many shots fired, and what precautions taken to not hit property or people, etc. These are things you need to discuss privately with an attorney.

It is always best to consult with an attorney before making any voluntary statement to police.

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