Can You Kill a Dog?

There are news stories every week about someone killing a dog in self-defense. Ordinary, peaceful, unprepared individuals too often have to save themselves, a family member or a stranger from a savage dog attack. They do it with guns and knives. But is it legal? Under what circumstances can you kill or wound a dog without going to jail or getting sued?

In "Can You Kill a Dog?" Attorney Kenneth M. Phillips, the author of and the only lawyer in the USA who has represented dog bite victims exclusively since the 1990's, talks about what the law allows and doesn't allow. Killing a dog should be a last-ditch measure, he says, and even then, doing it the wrong way can get a person in trouble with the authorities. For more, read "Self Defense When a Dog Attacks a Person" at