A recent thread about a dog attack raised a few questions. In that thread, janq mentioned the following video in which a belligerent dog owner commands her pit bull to attack someone:
YouTube - Pit Bull Snacks on Police Officer
In this case, the dog owner was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
My question: Assuming you are on the right side of the law and and someone is actively commanding their dog to attack you, is the owner a valid target?
I can imagine two scenarios:
a) Someone has commanded their dog to attack and it charges but it hasn't made contact yet.
b) Someone has commanded their dog to attack, it charges, closes the gap, and is actively biting you, and the owner is still provoking the dog saying, "kill! get 'em! sick 'em!" etc.
In either case, since the owner is causing the dog to attack, it is reasonable to treat the owner as the real threat? Can you shoot the owner?