I recently got a Doberman to help guard my property, as I live alone and want to have some extra protection. I know that Dobies can be aggressive towards strangers, but I've trained mine extensively and he's always been a great guardian without any incidents.
However, the other day, I had a very hostile individual trespass onto my property. I asked him to leave and warned him that I had a protective dog. He continued on, and my Doberman ended up attacking and killing him in what was clearly an act of self defense.
Now, I'm wondering if I could potentially face any legal issues because of this. I didn't want anyone to get hurt, but I also needed to protect myself and my property. Would the fact that my dog was defending me and my property be enough to clear me of any legal issues?
Thanks for your help!
I can totally relate to your situation as I had a similar experience with my Rottweiler a few years ago. I also live alone and got my dog for added protection. One day, a man tried to break into my house and my Rottweiler ended up attacking and injuring him.
At first, I was really worried about the legal implications of the situation. But after talking with my lawyer and explaining the circumstances, it was determined that my dog was acting within the bounds of self defense and defending my property. In the end, I didn't face any legal issues.
Of course, every situation and jurisdiction is different, so it's important to consult with a lawyer who understands the relevant laws in your area. But in general, if your dog is acting in self defense and protecting you and your property, you should be in the clear.
I hope this helps alleviate some of your concerns! Stay safe.