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This is a discussion on Using deadly force to protect your pet within the Deadly Force and The Law forums, part of the Main Category category; Originally Posted by kelcarry As XJ says for Ohio, in SC a pet is just considered property and has no ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelcarry View Post
    As XJ says for Ohio, in SC a pet is just considered property and has no rights given to a human, if attacked and in imminent danger of death. Having said that, I have yet to meet an LEO who has not said that if it were their pet, they would not hesitate to kill the attacking animal. As far as I am concerned, if a pet of mine or even one of the ferals that comes visit my home everyday, were attacked by an unleashed animal and was threatened by death or great injury, I would shoot it if I had my gun, I would chop its head off if I had an ax, I would bludgeon it if I had a hammer, I would slice it it I had a knife---property or not as far as SC is concerned, none of these essentially defenseless animals deserve to die that way. Rats, mice, squirrels and other vermin of that sort are not, IMO, in that same category---even akin to a feral cat.
    KELCARRY: I could be wrong but I think you are saying you would dispatch the animal. Can't say I blame you and would do the same. Especially if there were children in the vicinity. I read the other day where a woman was killed by her own two Rotweillers who were running loose. Animals like Rots and Pit Bulls should never run loose. Those blood lines could run out for my part. I can not see a need for that kind of animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefpropellerhead View Post
    Here in Charleston South Carolina there was a news report this week of a pit bull that was roaming a neighborhood in West Ashley and attacking other dogs. One lady watched as the Pit Bull tore in to her weiner dog and killed it. The pit bull came out of the woods and attacked the dog with no cause. Then later on that afternoon the pit bull showed up in a park not too far away and did the same thing to another dog.

    The thought running through my mind was this. If that pit bull had attacked my dog for no apparent reason other than to be vicious I would have put an end to that problem very quickly. The next thought was a question that I would like to pose to you. If I use deadly force to stop a vicious animal from tearing into my pet will I go to jail for discharging my firearm in public?

    Yes, I know I need to research the local laws here. I would imagine that the City of Charleston does have ordinances against discharging a firearm in the city limits. Any pet owner that is a CWP holder and carrying concealed would certainly be tempted to protect their pet.

    I had a friend of mine, who was working private security many years ago, that got mauled by a pit bull at an apartment complex. He was walking by a gate at the back of an apartment and the dog broke its chain and jumped the fence and attacked him. My friend was armed but it happened so quick he was not able, or decided not to use deadly force. I am thinking that I would have fed the dog the business end of his .357 and pulled the trigger.
    NO here in SC we have decent stand ur ground laws as well as defense of others....as well as castle doctrine which also includes defending ur pets/livestock etc..

    yes the police would have come....yes u would have been questioned......but as long as u were in fear for ur pets life and defending ur pet u would NOT be charged......and if for some reason u were charged the charges would get dropped.......

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    It depends on the state law. I recently found out that in Pennsylvania a dog can be killed if it is persuing, wounding, or killing people or their pets without recourse of legal liability.

    But we still don't have a good "stand your groud" law against people!

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    Hey nogods: Cannot answer for Ohio but in SC, it has to do with an agrarian society that has yet to modify its laws to come into the 20th and 21st centuries. Hey we still have laws that, in effect, outlaw your playing Monopoly, and probably have on the books some really really weird laws that would make you scratch your head and say "huh?". Way back in the "olden days" animals were there for a purpose and not for love and coddling. I would think that any other state that still has such an opinion in their law can date it back to the many years gone by and has just not gotten around to changing it.

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    Default If you disagree, please don't tell me...

    At least, if you don't agree with me, please don't be mean and say nasty things. My dad taught me "if you have nothing nice to say, keep your mouth shut".

    My dog is very much part of my FAMILY. He is a 2 year old beagle/boxer mix. He is very loyal and my best friend.

    That being said, if I was out on a walk with my dog, and another dog, pit, doberman pincher, shepherd, whatever starts to attack me or my dog, I WILL shoot to protect us.

    By the way, this thread almost could give pit's a bad name. I know many pit's that are excellent dogs. They used to be called the nanny dogs because in the old days, families would get them to protect their babies. <not harping, just want to let others realize, pit's to chihuahua to beagles, if it has teeth, it can bite>. :)

    I should check our laws to see if I would be screwed if I do, if so, I will still shoot the attacking dog and hope for a jury full of animal lovers.

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    I ask all SC residents to contact your local Legislative members to get this bill moving. I am not sure of the status of it other than it is on the Senate calendar and Senator Sheheen wanted to take the part about pets out of it.

    2011-2012 Bill 122: Self defense against big game animals - South Carolina Legislature Online

    Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

    SECTION 1. Article 1, Chapter 11, Title 50 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

    "Section 50-11-108. (A) A person may use a firearm if he is not prohibited by law from possessing a firearm, or may use any other deadly weapon at any time and during any season to kill or attempt to kill any animal if the person reasonably concludes it is necessary for the purpose of:

    (1) self-defense;

    (2) defense of another person; or

    (3) defense of domestic animals.

    (B) Any person who uses deadly force against a big game animal or alligator in defense of persons or domestic animals as provided for in this section immediately must report the incident to the Department of Natural Resources. No big game animal or alligator taken as provided for in this section may be retained, by the person or persons taking the big game animal or alligator. The big game animal or alligator carcass must be surrendered to the Department of Natural Resources. Failure to report the incident or surrender the carcass is a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, may be fined up to two thousand dollars or imprisoned for up to one year, or both. Notwithstanding this section, all other laws protecting and regulating taking of big game and alligators shall apply."

    SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgrunt View Post
    KELCARRY: I could be wrong but I think you are saying you would dispatch the animal. Can't say I blame you and would do the same. Especially if there were children in the vicinity. I read the other day where a woman was killed by her own two Rotweillers who were running loose. Animals like Rots and Pit Bulls should never run loose. Those blood lines could run out for my part. I can not see a need for that kind of animal.

    We can ban assault weapons I don't see a need for those kind of guns.

    Why do both statements sound so similar to me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgrunt View Post
    Those blood lines could run out for my part. I can not see a need for that kind of animal.
    That is the same mindset the anti-gun people have.
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    Maybe it's me but, I don't understand the need for a gun in this situation. I have never met a dog yet that I couldn't kick silly.
    See, it's mumbo jumbo like that and skinny little lizards like you thinking they the last dragon that gives Kung Fu a bad name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treo View Post
    Maybe it's me but, I don't understand the need for a gun in this situation. I have never met a dog yet that I couldn't kick silly.
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    I would say that description fits you well. While you are trying to kick one pit bull or mastiff or whatever the other one is going to be pulling the leg you are standing on from under you and having fun with your third leg.

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