Petition Closed

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.

Letter to
Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. Max Baucus, & Sen. John Tester
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Sen. Max Baucus, & Sen. John Tester.

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Change a Montana Animal Cruelty Law

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. 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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Sincerely,