Change a Montana Animal Cruelty Law
  • Petitioned Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. Max Baucus, & Sen. John Tester

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Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. Max Baucus, & Sen. John Tester

Change a Montana Animal Cruelty Law

    1. Jaelynn Beeber
    2. Petition by

      Jaelynn Beeber

      Glendive, MT

Montana law currently states that you can shoot a dog for 'worrying' your livestock. I think this needs to be changed so that it protects pet owners as well as farmers and rachers. If you find a dog in your yard that has tags/collar, you should be required to contact the owners. My dog was killed when the first time in 3 years he got loose, and was in my neighbors yard chasing his sheep. Instead of firing a warning shot or taking his cell phone out of his pocket and calling us, he shot my dog in the shoulder and then in the head. I don't believe it is fair to use corporal punishment on a animal for a one time mistake, and not fair to the owners who view these animals as family. I think the law needs to be changed to read something like this-
If the dog has on him any readily visible ID tags or license, and the dog is found in the act of pursuing livestock or poultry on land not owned or possessed by the owner of the dog, the dog may only be killed if the dog has previously pursued the livestock or poultry, and the owner of the dog has been previously notified of the dogs previous offense.

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    • Helene Orenstein BOZEMAN, MT
      • over 2 years ago

      My 2 purebred siberian huskies were murdered last night when they accidentally got out of our yard for "worrying" some sheep. They had collars with tags and the farmer said they looked like wolves but yet they were shot from close range. Why couldn't they have just called fish and wildlife and me instead of killing them. It's beyond me who would shoot dogs. There was no evidence they did any harm.

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    • Lisa Laidlaw LEWISBURG, TN
      • over 2 years ago

      Grow up. There is a better answer than shooting someone's dog. Change this outdated law.

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    • LAURIE OZPEKER WIBAUX, MT
      • over 2 years ago

      I am signing this because I think that this issue needs to be looked at in a legal manner, not an emotional one. A farmers animals being harrassed can lead to injury or death, which leads to a loss in money. However. shooting someones pet, that may hae accidentally gotten away, is wrong too. However many people let their animals roam off leash all the time, so problems like this do arise. Stronger laws on both sides are needed, not emotional ones. I love my dogs, but if they are running around loose and injure or kill someone elses animals, then I should be the one responsible for the damage done. And if these dogs are repeat offenders, then the owners must not love their dogs like they say they do or they would go to extraordinary measures to keep them and those around them safe.

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    • Margaret R HAZEL GREEN, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      That is a pathetic reason to kill a dog. My pit bull occasionally gets out and I would be very upset, beyond upset if this happened. i am sorry for your loss.

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    • maria eugenia gonzalez castellanos MEXICO, UNITED STATES
      • over 2 years ago

      Dogs are family. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO KILL THEM!!, IF PEOPLE ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR LIVESTOCK, TAKE CARE OF THEM AND SCARE THE DOGS AWAY BUT DO NOT KILL THEM. MURDERERS!!!

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