|Barked: Thu Nov 17, '11 7:13am PST |
|I am so very sorry for your loss. I'm sorry that I can't help as I know nothing about hunting laws in Ontario CA. I can say that where I live in the US that hunters even on private land can only fire live rounds withing so many yards of inhabited buildings. If I were you I would most certainly contact a lawyer in your area. Most will at least consult with you for a small fee or none at all in order to ascertain if you even have a case. It's not up to the hunters to just randomly decide they're seeing coyotes near coops and start firing into someone's property, rented or not. As you said, you have children. What if one of your daughters had been on the other side of the dog? How horrible for you to fear having them out and about in their own yard.
If there isn't a criminal case possible, you certainly might be able to sue them in civil court because they have destroyed your 'property' (at least in the US dogs are considered property and you can sue, again not sure about CA)
I have friends in Maine who paint the word "COW" in fluourescent orange letters on their milk cows for hunting seasons. Even so, they still lose one to hunters every couple years. Idiots, especially the 'weekend warrior' type hunters that have no clue. A black and white cow does not look like a deer, and a black lab in NO way resembles a coyote. Obviously, these hunters did not have a 'clear shot', and hopefully will be prosecuted before they shoot a child.
I hope your pup makes it through surgery OK. Again, so very sorry this has happened to you Good luck with pursuing your case, I hope you get the chance to make an example of them.
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