Texas Humane Society opposes HB1919
HB 1919 will allow anyone who kills or seriously injures a dog to claim a defense that he feared that the dog might cause him or someone else serious bodily harm. This is so vague that it will create "open season" on all dogs. We're not talking about dogs that have been declared dangerous; we're talking about all dogs.Also it will even include dogs that are on their own property and the person killing them was trespassing or even burglarizing the property.There is already a defense for all crimes referred to as the "defense of necessity" which protects people that have to take action necessary to the circumstances.To our knowledge, no person has been charged or unjustly prosecuted or convicted for killing or seriously injuring an animal that was attacking someone. This broadens it to allow the person to "reasonably fear" which cannot be proven one way or the other.
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