Given this hypothetical, but quite possible situation, what do you do? It's quite clear that if a large dog with a bad attitude is attacking you, you could fear great bodily harm and respond with lethal force. What about the situation where you are walking your dog, and the same above large dog attacks your dog instead of you?
I believe in the eyes of the law, dogs are property or things, correct? can you defend property with lethal force?
Do you rely on a kick to the ribs when it has your dog by the neck?
Do you jump in the path of the attacking dog and then respond because you now fear for your life?