I wasn't going to jump in the middle of this hornet's nest!! However I have very strong feelings about dogs that are allowed to run amock. First let me state that I love dogs, so don't label me a dog hater.
Dogs must to be under the owners control at all times, period. If they are not, many states do allow a property owner to take matters into their own hands. Here in Colorado if dogs are harrassing livestock, the rancher has the right to put them down - and they do. Same goes for harrassing wildlife, its not allowed and is against the law. It doesn't matter if the dog is a highly trained expensive purebred, if its running amock it will be dealt with.
The bottom line is that if a dog owner values the dog's life, then he will take good care of it and make sure its not getting into trouble. If states have laws that protect a dog over a property owner's rights, then I say those all need to changed - promptly! No dog should have more rights than a person.
Cam there is nothing unethical about protecting your own property.
Lets keep this discussion civil. Name calling and bashing is uncalled for.
In address to your statement of control this was taken from the Colorado state law enforcement concerning control of huntsmans hounds
" (b) The control provisions of such resolution, as provided in subparagraph (II) of paragraph (a) of this subsection (1), shall not apply to dogs while actually working livestock, locating or retrieving wild game in season for a licensed hunter, or assisting law enforcement officers or while actually being trained for any of these pursuits."
Notice the "locating wild game in season for a licensed hunter" in there?
There is also a HUGE difference in "protecting your property" and flat out just killing a dog because he is on it. Dogs wonder sometimes and theres not much anyone can do about it. Its their nature. To ADVOCATE killing huntsmans hounds because they strayed onto your property in the heat of a chase is ludicrous and not to be tolerated. I actually find your stand on that suprising Cowgal being that you love dogs. Just because they landed on your property during a chase does NOT mean that they are amock!! Amock means that they are completely out of control and not doing what they are supposed to. If they were hitting on the cattle or sheep then I would concider that protecting my property. But LEGALLY there is NO law that allows you to simply shoot a dog because he strayed onto your property. Thats NOT in your rights to do so period. Ive SHOWN that to be the LAW and its inarguable. The only time in any state that its acceptable to down a dog is if its attacking you or your livestock period. Any other time it is to be left up to the LAW to decide what to do with the animal not you. I did not call any names. Simply stated the fact that if he does such things then he is completely unethical and a Law breaker!!! FACT. Dont like the truth then dont read it!!!