Well said. Good points of consideration.Quote:
Charges can and often do happen after any type of shooting. Even if shooting a dog is necessary, there will be high emotions running against the shooter. Ranchers will often discreetly kill dogs that are attacking their livestock out of fear of reprisals from dog owners that let them run wild in the first place.
Sometimes dogs are aggressive, but the owners will never see that or admit to it. There are dog people that will react emotionally to the very idea of shooting a dog. We weren't there, which is why I will reserve judgement on this shooting. Dogs are a nuisance species when not controlled by their owners. I lived in the country for years, and we would get people from the city that would drop their dogs off to run feral. We would get livestock attacked. We would always have to be on our guard for being attacked by packs of dogs, and some of the dogs would show up starved and diseased. The people that abandonded their dogs are the very same people that would scream bloody murder if somebody shot their dog in self defense. They are certainly not dog's best friend. I love dog's as much as anybody, but I understand that they are animals, and are capable of being dangerous. Not only that, but a dog's life is not worth as much as a human's life. I have had to shoot dog's before. It is something that I despise doing, but if I have to I will. Once for a dog that was growling and coming at me and my children, and another time for a feral dog that while it wasn't acting aggresively at the time, it was severely diseased and would not come up to me for help. That last one was strictly putting the poor creature out of its misery. It wouldn't have lived long anyway, and I couldn't stand to see that poor animal suffer anymore.