shooting dog with BB gun

shooting dog with BB gun

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Wits end

Powell, TN

#1 Jul 1, 2010
Came home and a BIG boxer bull dog was in my yard. I didn't know who's dog this was and my 4 yr old was scared of it. We tried to run it off but it wouldn't leave. So, my husband get's a bb gun and shoots in the leg, from a good distance away. Turns out, it was a neighhbors dog, that lives about 1/2 mile away. We live in the country and don't have any animals. Now another neighbor is raising cane, because this animal was shot and "HE has known this dog for years and it wouldn't hurt a flea". Well, WE didn't know this animal and our little girl was terrified. What would you do in this situation? Please advise without going into cruelty to animals. If this dog had bit her, it would be a whole other story.

Since: Jul 10

Knoxville, TN

#2 Jul 1, 2010
Wits end wrote:
Came home and a BIG boxer bull dog was in my yard. I didn't know who's dog this was and my 4 yr old was scared of it. We tried to run it off but it wouldn't leave. So, my husband get's a bb gun and shoots in the leg, from a good distance away. Turns out, it was a neighhbors dog, that lives about 1/2 mile away. We live in the country and don't have any animals. Now another neighbor is raising cane, because this animal was shot and "HE has known this dog for years and it wouldn't hurt a flea". Well, WE didn't know this animal and our little girl was terrified. What would you do in this situation? Please advise without going into cruelty to animals. If this dog had bit her, it would be a whole other story.
If it comes back pop it again with the bb gun, if it ever bite a child, whether it your child or someone elses...sorry folks the dog goes home in a box dead. I love animal more then most, but not to the point that I will let them terrify small children or even worse possibly attack, maime, or kill the child. There are leash laws in TN and people that own animals need to understand that the animals are very capable of attacking without warning even if "tame".
The Professor

Columbia, TN

#3 Jul 1, 2010
Wits end wrote:
Came home and a BIG boxer bull dog was in my yard. I didn't know who's dog this was and my 4 yr old was scared of it. We tried to run it off but it wouldn't leave. So, my husband get's a bb gun and shoots in the leg, from a good distance away. Turns out, it was a neighhbors dog, that lives about 1/2 mile away. We live in the country and don't have any animals. Now another neighbor is raising cane, because this animal was shot and "HE has known this dog for years and it wouldn't hurt a flea". Well, WE didn't know this animal and our little girl was terrified. What would you do in this situation? Please advise without going into cruelty to animals. If this dog had bit her, it would be a whole other story.
I would have kept the child inside and called animal control. That would have been the best option rather than shooting the dog. Most 4 year old children are scared of their own shadow, so saying your young child was scared of the dog is hardly justification for shooting it. I can't blame the owner for being upset, especially considering the fact that the animal DID NOT bite anyone and you did not indicate in your post that the dog was aggressive towards you or your child.
Wits end

Powell, TN

#4 Jul 1, 2010
We do not have animal control where I live. And this 4 yr old isn't afriad of much, but this dog is taller than her. The owner is not the one that is upset, please reread my post. It's another neighbor raising cane about it. There were 2 dogs here, and one was a smaller black and white dog, it was not a problem. BUT, the BIG Boxer was the one that scared her. The owners should keep their dogs in THEIR yard. NOT mine. Should I have waited until the dog bit her or maybe even worse. I will not take that chance. Once a child has be bitten, you can't take that back. And what if it had rabies? Would you want your child to have to take all those shots, because a pet owner is NOT responsible enough to keep their pets in their yards?
101HSo

Morristown, TN

#5 Jul 1, 2010
come on its just a bb gun.... i mean really a paintball gun propbly has more kcik then the red rider
BB gun

Kingsport, TN

#6 Jul 1, 2010
A few good bb's to the butt won't hurt the dog . It will learn not to come near your place. If its a pump type bb gun, only pump it a few times.You don't need to do long term damage to the dog because its owners not a responsible person. Remeber a dog or cat are just animals, its like a kid,spank to teach, but not to harm.

Since: Apr 09

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#7 Jul 1, 2010
Wits end wrote:
We do not have animal control where I live. And this 4 yr old isn't afriad of much, but this dog is taller than her. The owner is not the one that is upset, please reread my post. It's another neighbor raising cane about it. There were 2 dogs here, and one was a smaller black and white dog, it was not a problem. BUT, the BIG Boxer was the one that scared her. The owners should keep their dogs in THEIR yard. NOT mine. Should I have waited until the dog bit her or maybe even worse. I will not take that chance. Once a child has be bitten, you can't take that back. And what if it had rabies? Would you want your child to have to take all those shots, because a pet owner is NOT responsible enough to keep their pets in their yards?
I can completely understand your concern for your child.I agree that the owner SHOULD be responsible enough to keep their animal put up as not to harm anyone or anything.
Speaking for myself, I would only want to scare the dog away and not harm it if possible.I am a dog and cat owner, and I keep my dogs put up where they cant get out and run around, possibly causing injury to anyone or to them.
The cat stays in the house here with me, where she is safe and well taken care of.My critters are like my kids to me, and I want them to be safe and secure.
happened to me

Ooltewah, TN

#9 Jul 2, 2010
101HSo wrote:
come on its just a bb gun.... i mean really a paintball gun propbly has more kcik then the red rider
I happen to know If you shot a dog with a BB gun it CAN KILL THEM !!
Conservative

AOL

#10 Jul 2, 2010
Why not just throw cold water at it?

Or chase it away by yelling at it?

A BB gun can do more damage than people think.

Had a friend's dog that turned mean and vicious because their neighbor would shoot at the dog, which was chained up, with a BB gun several times each day. Several BB's were found to be under the skin.
The dog ended up having to be put to sleep.
Love it

Powell, TN

#11 Jul 2, 2010
It was shot in the rear from a pretty good distance. We DID try to chase it away, it would'nt leave. It wasn't done to kill the dog, but to get it to leave. Should I have to keep my child indoors, because the neighbors can't control their animals?
I had rather a BB kill a dog, then have the dog kill or injure a little girl because she wants to play in HER yard.
Tara

Morristown, TN

#12 Jul 2, 2010
Love it wrote:
It was shot in the rear from a pretty good distance. We DID try to chase it away, it would'nt leave. It wasn't done to kill the dog, but to get it to leave. Should I have to keep my child indoors, because the neighbors can't control their animals?
I had rather a BB kill a dog, then have the dog kill or injure a little girl because she wants to play in HER yard.
I agree. That is your yard and your privacy. I'm sure they wouldnt appreciate it if you had a big dog like that to come in their yard where their childs play. If the dog comes back, I would waste my BB's. Coming from me, I would call the police. I don't know how well the cops are from there, but where I live,(not morristown), the cops came and questioned the owner of a dog who wouldn't leave my yard. It wasn't a small dog, it was a pretty good size Rottweiler dog. We also have dogs here at my home which are much smaller than what that dog was and they could've been harmed or killed. Back to my point, the police came over and we explained the problem. We gave a few suggestions as to whom we thought the dogs belonged. The police found the owner and told him he must keep his dog secured on a leash or in a fence. If the dog was to be caught somewhere non-secure, charges can be pressed. That's a law here, your dog's must be chained or fenced in. Dogs are killing more people today than guns. Good luck with your problem. I hope your little daughter stays safe.
haha

Morristown, TN

#13 Jul 2, 2010
i live in an area where neighbors let their dogs run loose... if one ever came through my fence and ran toward us i'd kill it no questions asked! i wouldn't feel bad about it either. it's against the law here in tennessee to let your dog roam free. if the neighbors started crap i'd sue their ass for endangerment to my family.
Dog Owner

Mount Juliet, TN

#14 Jul 2, 2010
Actually if you call the humane society and ask them if there is a leash law, they will tell you not in the county.

Since: Oct 08

Morristown, TN

#15 Jul 2, 2010
happened to me wrote:
<quoted text>I happen to know If you shot a dog with a BB gun it CAN KILL THEM !!
Its very very hard, especialy with a large dog.
I agree, shoot the dog in the a^$ with a BB gun. If it keeps coming around, increase to 9mm.
Jason

Morristown, TN

#16 Jul 2, 2010
Hate to say it but "one dead dog"
haha

Morristown, TN

#17 Jul 2, 2010
Dog Owner wrote:
Actually if you call the humane society and ask them if there is a leash law, they will tell you not in the county.
i did call the humane society and they in fact said it is illegal for owners to let their dogs roam free even in the county limits
The Professor

Columbia, TN

#18 Jul 2, 2010
haha wrote:
i live in an area where neighbors let their dogs run loose... if one ever came through my fence and ran toward us i'd kill it no questions asked! i wouldn't feel bad about it either. it's against the law here in tennessee to let your dog roam free. if the neighbors started crap i'd sue their ass for endangerment to my family.
Who is to say that the owner(s) of the dog lets it run free? Dogs get loose, it happens. That doesn't necessarily mean the owner is at fault. Before we had our fence installed our dog got loose once when her collar came off because she was rolling around on the ground and it worked its way over her head. I check the collar on a daily basis to make sure it's secure while not being too tight around her neck. She wandered into our neighbor's yard and they were kind enough to bring her back home. If a dog that ends up in your yard is not a threat, why would you be so cruel as to shoot it? If an animal runs toward you, don't automatically assume it is doing so to attack you. It may like people and want you to pet it. If you shoot an animal that is simply "trespassing" on your property, prepare your ass to be sued off if that is someone's beloved pet. You can't assume all dogs are vicious and go around killing them. Have some common sense.
Jason

Morristown, TN

#20 Jul 2, 2010
The Professor wrote:
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If you shoot an animal that is simply "trespassing" on your property, prepare your ass to be sued off if that is someone's beloved pet. You can't assume all dogs are vicious and go around killing them. Have some common sense.
You come around here and you'd be one dead,,,,,,,,
Jason

Morristown, TN

#21 Jul 2, 2010
Who you going to "sue" now?
Jason

Morristown, TN

#22 Jul 2, 2010
The Professor wrote:
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Who is to say that the owner(s) of the dog lets it run free? Dogs get loose, it happens. That doesn't necessarily mean the owner is at fault.
Who let you loose? It's YOUR fault. Keep your dog up. If if gets loose blame me I tied the rope around its neck not you.

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