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#1 stirs

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:03 PM

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?


Edited by stirs, 23 June 2014 - 05:06 PM.


#2 PandaPancake

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:51 PM

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

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 05:53 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:01 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:04 PM

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

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:08 PM

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



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:19 PM

Bear mace the owner and the dog

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:21 PM

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.



#9 stirs

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:28 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:39 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:25 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:40 PM

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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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:51 PM

Dude should be pulling a howitzer behind his bike

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:08 PM

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?


No way mace is going to stopped a pit bull.

Either find somewhere else to ride or be ready to put it down when it dies attack you.

Seriously, I would report the dog to the authorities. If it does not go after you, it is likely to hurt someone else.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 09:13 PM

Mace not a bad idea.  Will cover all with the cops and let em know what's up.

 

Not going to dodge the place as I live kinda close and it would seem better to be prepared that just try to evade this thing.  There are kids on bikes that travel this road constantly so this thing probably broke its chain or got out some way.

 




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