Justifiable force against a dog?

Justifiable force against a dog?

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    Justifiable force against a dog?

    So if I have a CCL and I'm attacked by a dog, can I shoot?
    Does it matter if its public or private property?
    State is IL


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    State is IL. ?? There I would have no clue. Here an attacking dog is fair game.
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    The object is to stop the threat.

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    I'll kill it and if the law says I shouldn't have I'll pay for it. I love dogs had one or more all my life. But dogs that attack people in the street or on their property should be shot. Now if I am in your yard or on your property I am fair game, but I would still shoot the dog and pay for it.
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    Check with your local PD and get a copy of how the law reads

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    You have to try to judge the dog's intentions by his body language... If his ears are laid back, and his teeth are bared, and he's barking and snarling as he runs toward you, he probably will attack. Regard a dog's mouth like an edged weapon. Now you have a hostile attacker with an edged weapon. And, oh by the way, he's faster than you and he's not worried about being arrested after his attack, so he's fearless... OK to drop him?? I'd say yes, as long as you're not trespassing on someone else's property. And even if you happen to be in his yard, you still have a right to self-defense.

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    What part of Illinois?

    If Chicago, you will go to jail, probably for the rest of your life.

    If E St Louis, the police will probably not even respond to the scene.

    If Marion, it had better not have been a police dog.
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    Here in my state you can.I know the city i'm in there is a leash law.I would guess the other cities are the same.What i won't guess at,is whether or not i would shoot a dog trying to attack me.He is history. Obviously,i don't mean what i call ankle biters.

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    So if I have a CCL and I'm attacked by a dog, can I shoot?
    If you had seen first hand some of the horrific injuries that dogs can inflict in a short amount of time, you could figure that answer out fairly easily.

    Having attended a couple of deaths by dog, I can assure you that flesh and bone is no match for teeth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcoslow View Post
    So if I have a CCL and I'm attacked by a dog, can I shoot?
    Does it matter if its public or private property?
    State is IL
    Good Question.

    I'm not a lawyer however according to the law in most states, dogs and cats are considered as property of the owner.

    I think you would need to prove justification of the attack, bite marks, video, etc. with law enforcement or face arrest for animal cruelty, destruction of personal property, unlawful discharge of a weapon or other. The dog's owner may also have the right to seek civil damages for his loss of property.

    The ASPCA could also get involved in various ways if the shooting was in any way questionable.
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    In most U.S Cities, the answer is Absolutely Not.... unless the dog has drawn blood.
    Most dogs will charge right up to you and give you the "wolf" treatment.

    Shooting a dog while having zero injuries, will most likely get your permit revoked permanently (at best). Leash laws are not a license to kill scary dogs.
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    .A man who lives not far from me has two pit bulls.One got loose one day and was in the edge of my yard growling at me. I was coming back from the range and had a paddle holster on me.The owner had come walking up and he saw my hand on my gun. He said something under his breath to me and left

    The pit got me rattled a little and so did the owner. I called animal control which is also a LEO here..I told him what happened and it was over.I also asked him if the dog charges at me,do i have to wait for him to bite me,before i shot him.He said no and he would do the same..

    Someone suggested to check with local PD or Sheriff. That would seem to be a good idea.If it happened again,then you would be a little more informed.
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    It better be a pit bull, not a Chihuahua. Well maybe that cat in video would be okay.

    What does IL law say--go from there.
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