Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Is It OK To Shoot A Dog?

Two similar stories, two different results:

First News Story:

Illinois: James Bartlett, 50, of the 43000 block of North Delany Road, testified that he shot the 7-year-old shepherd mix because it fought with his dog twice within a short period. The neighbor's dog's legs were shattered in the August shooting and the dog had to be put down, according to testimony. Bartlett faces a maximum of 3 years in prison when he is sentenced June 28.

Second News Story:

Florida: A man who shot and wounded a neighbor's dog Monday won't face any charges, a Sheriff's Office spokesman said. "My guess is you have the right to defend your animal from another animal, especially on your property," said Sgt. Rick Vinson, Escambia County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Amazing. Isn't this what we have Animal Control for? Why not pick up the phone and call the authorities? And why not enforce the laws already on the books. I can't imagine, except in an extreme situation, getting a gun and shooting anything or anyone. Is it OK to shoot a dog? I guess it depends upon where you live.

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