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What are the rules here

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So I take off riding my mountain bike again this morning like a lot of other mornings, and I get to a questionable looking house where this big pit bull comes running/barking/growling toward me.  The lady is in the yard yelling at it, but it does not let up.  There was a truck and trailer which came down the highway about that time which separated us and gave her time to get close to the dog and it moved slowly back from the road. I was on the other side of the road, which should not matter.

 

What are the rules/laws on one of these bastard dogs?

 

If I am riding and it attacks me, can I shoot it?  I live out in the country by the way.  Went by the local sheriffs office today, but Fife must have been out on patrol.

 

If the lady is not there today, not sure if the dog would have come across and took me off the bike or not.  I have carry/conceal, so I will probably ride with a friend for the next while.

 

What collective knowledge is there here about this type stuff?

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Sounds like you're just itching to kill the dog. You monster

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Don't kill the dog because the owner is an idiot.  That dog should be indoors, a fenced in back yard, on a leash etc.  I would ride somewhere else.  If you ride back over there and have a pistol maybe you are kind of wanting to shoot it.

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Go ride somewhere else because some redneck idiot wants to keep a ticking time bomb.  What if I were a kid?  I will find out from the sheriffs office and go from there.  This dog can be heard barking anywhere near that house, today he got out, or was let out.  I don't plan on being a victim

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So you don't hear what you want so we're wrong? Why do you ask for advice then?

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I wanted to know the rules, not "dont ride there anymore, don't blame the dog"

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Bear mace the owner and the dog

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Just make sure you think very carefully ahead of time about the scenarios where you would be lawfully justified in shooting the dog. Premeditate Plan out your every move. It's also a good idea to tell the lady that you are fearing for your life so much that you have carry your gun even though you go there everyday and that you will shoot him if he makes a move. At that point you have given them fair warning.

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I will tell you that I love dogs, but somehow, these particular animals fall outside of my realm of affection.  I find very few redeeming qualites in them

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If the dog leaves it's property and enters onto public property and attacks you or causes you to have reasonable concern for your safety, you may certanly kill the dog with legal impunity. This is pretty standard anywhere.

 

In the meantime, every time the dog leaves the property and makes any aggressive move toward you, you should report it to animal control. They get a few calls and the situation will normally be handled pretty quickly.

 

 

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I don't know how many times I've been riding my mountain bike in the Rockies and said, damn I need a gun in this bitch.

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have you thought about getting a can of mace that would ward it off (perhaps permanently) instead of pulling out your gun and shooting it?

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