Originally Posted by Joe4d
That is actually illegal to intentionally hurt a dog. Yeh I know sounds screwy but that is the law.
Recent case in VA guy shot a neighbors dog that had killed his chickens. Only problem was he used number 8 shot.
Prosecution proved he was knowledgeable about guns, knew about ammo, and intentionally hurt the dog. SO guilty of animal cruelty and stuck with vet bills. While it woulda been perfectly legal if he'd had used buckshot ,It is illegal to cause undue pain and suffering even if the dog is attacking your livestock.
So moral of the story is NO you never shoot to injure,
classic case of a law made for good reasons that forces bad results. They were so concerned with making a law to protect a dog from being hurt. They make it illegal to deliberately cause an injury so that the only recourse is to deliberately kill the animal. Wonder how many dog owners would rather have their animal just hurt vs killed? While I'd understand if a neighbor killed my mastiff is she attacked their stock, I would personally rather she got sent home with a load of #8 in her butt. Fortunately I don't have to worry about it, because she knows to leave things alone and actually enjoys being around stock.
I'd have probably won the case in my shooting (if there had been a case), because I was hunting and my prey was small game, so that's the kind of shot I had vs activly loading light to only cause injury (#8 shot won't do for rabbit but the the #6 will and it put hurting on the dog). Lucky for the dog I wasn't deer hunting.
Loved that mare. Best job of training I ever did. She was use to dogs barking. Even when the dog bit her she didn't spook. She certainly kicked the ---- out of one of the dogs and kept kicking as they kept trying for her legs. But it was the shotgun blast and yalping shot dog that caused them to break off.