You may wish to look at the laws in your OWN state before you wish to speak out of ignorance. Fact Number one, unless you are a vet or a gov official in the state you may NOT cause the death of anothers dog .. Law is right here
§ 822.004. DESTRUCTION OF DOG. The destruction of a dog
under this subchapter must be performed by:
(1) a licensed veterinarian;
(2) personnel of a recognized animal shelter or humane
society who are trained in the humane destruction of animals; or
(3) personnel of a governmental agency responsible for
animal control who are trained in the humane destruction of
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.
Renumbered from V.T.C.A., Health & Safety Code § 822.003 by Acts
1997, 75th Leg., ch. 99, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Very doubtful will a hunting dog attack a person without any provocation and anyone with any dog knowledge knows this so dont try to pull the "It was attacking me" card out because its not gonna work.
Texas does NOT have a state wide leash law nor does it have ANY laws regarding a leash be on any hunting dogs. You may want to do a little research before you speak up on stuff you do not know about. NO state that allows dog running requires you to have your dogs on a leash. That would be a little on the stupid side dont you think? Kinna hard to run coon, deer, rabbit while its leashed. The ONLY dogs that have a state wide leash law are dangerous dogs. Dogs that have already been deemed dangerous by nature and have no other value or use than attack. That is STRAIGHT from Texas laws... You may wish to check on that yourself there Malt.
All hunting dogs in the state of Virginia (where the thread starter is located) are required to have a hunting collar stamped with the owners name, address, and contact number where they can be reached. Like J and I both said, catchum and call either the owner or the Game warden. If the Game Warden doesnt wish to follow up on his legally obligated duties then you have a good case in court to file suit against them and the owners. As long as you have followed all the rules in trying to resolve this problem with the animals and they havn't stopped running them on your property, then you have the legal right to take it to court. You will NOT however have the legal right to shoot or cause harm to said animal or you will be facing a lawsuit yourself.
Here is a Q/A from another forum on this exact subject between a property owner and a Lawyer (not the father of a Lawyer)
Q) Mark , I as a former pet owner I don't want my dog shot either, and since your an attorney and have had experience in these cases. Let me ask you your personal and professional opinion on this.
First of all I am not against hunting with dogs , if done right it can be fun , i have done it before , but let me ask you this.
What about people such as myself and a group of friend s have a couple of clubs , we spend close to $ 50,000 a year in leases , spring and fall plots , minerals , trying to have the best hunting possible , we like our area to be disturbed as little as possible. So that the deer are in a natural state , We have approx 6000 acres in one club , 1500 in another club . Both are strictly still hunting only. We do not want dogs , hunting or strays disturbing our property .
What rights do we have not to have our property and privacy violated?
And if someones dogs are caught on our property what can we do to fine or penalize their owners since according to the laws others are penalized for shooting someone else dogs ?
Just courious , what the peoples rights are in this instance , or is there nothing that can be done ?
A)Those are fair questions.........and sure, things can be done.
First, I would humanely collect the dog(s) and hopefully they'll have i.d. collars on their necks so that you can contact the owner. Assuming the owner cares about their dog(s), they'll be glad you called and apologize for your inconvenience.
Second, and if the problem persists, and you've done all you can do in a neighorly way, I would press charges against the owners for trespass and rather than return the dogs to these habitual/repeat offenders, I would take them to the local animal shelter......We all know what happens there if a dog is not reclaimed in a timely manner, but then again, for a repeat offender, how much does he really care about the dog anyway if he subjects it to that possibility?
Those are some of my thoughts,
President, Mississippi Hunting Dog Association, Inc.
Now thats about all there is to say on that subject Malt... If you wish to counter with an INFORMED responce it will be welcomed.