If your pet dog were to attack an intruder during a violent home invasion and seriously injured him, does the dog need to be put down?

  • Which state, or country does this question apply to? Apr 4, 2019 at 11:59

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Generally no (it does vary state by state in the US). The intruder took a risk when breaking in and therefore knew that there might be a threat to his life. A judge would generally side with you if the intruder broke into your house, and got attacked by the dog in the house he broke into.

http://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/dog-bites/can-a-burglar-sue-me-if-my-dog-attacks-them-29325/ http://doglaw.hugpug.com/doglaw_082.html

  • But that's not the question asked. If you have a seriously dangerous dog, and his victim is a burglar, that may be tough luck for the burglar. But the police would still find out that you have a vicious dog that might kill your neighbour's young children, and do something about it.
    – gnasher729
    Jun 15, 2017 at 16:54
  • @gnasher729 In practice, a dog attacking a burglar is almost never going to be considered evidence that you have a vicious dog.
    – ohwilleke
    Jun 15, 2017 at 19:45

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