|Barked: Tue Oct 15, '13 8:23am PST |
|Ethically they are both at fault. The Husky should not have been loose, and Chi should not have been left outside unattended.
Aside from the general issues surrounding letting dogs run loose, small dogs are especially high risk from coyotes, fisher cats, bob cats, foxes, birds of prey, and even animals like cats and raccoons who may not want to eat them, but are feeling territorial. Of course these animals are a risk for all loose dogs, but I guarantee you none of my 45 lb dogs are going to be carried off by an owl! Any one of those could just as easily done what the stray Husky did.
Legally, fault will depend on the leash laws in that town. Some areas consider "on leash" to mean "on leash or behind a secure fence at all times, period." Others make exception for private property. Either way the Husky is at fault. Depending on the law, the Chi may or may not be.
Whether the Husky should be euthanized over this issue is too much a grey area to say without the full story. Accidents happen, and good dogs do get loose from very responsible owners. Taking a loved companion away from someone over an accident only adds to the tragedy. OTOH, plenty of people carelessly let their dogs roam and don't give a squat. If that is the case, this dog will almost certainly kill again - be it dog, cat, chicken - and should be rehomed with a responsible owner or euthanized.
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