Actually I didn't indicate whether I knew the house was a safe distance or not. I only pointed that out for the sake of accurate discussion that the gun used was a shot gun, which does minimize
the question of range. As to whether the police are correct that will depend on how this comes down in court.
We are all assuming some things to a certain extent.....in fairness right.
Agreed, misleading or lying to the police was a dumb thing to do and reflects negatively on him. I'm not sure why he did that, he may have been really taken by surprise because dogs being shot (when they are on the shooters property) and drawing a LE response is unusual...or at least it used to be especially in rural areas. Still, he should have just been straight up and honest.
I did notice at the end of the article it mentioned he expressed regret.
I hear you about the 'one size fits all' but you know.....(in general) a lot of people move out to the country and just don't think beyond the tips of their noses. They don't think about how hard it is to be a farmer and that it's NOT cute when their dog chases the calves. I've seen it so many times. I think part of the problem here is some people don't realize that it is a chronic on going problem for farmers
If you move out to the country, make sure you keep your dogs contained.
BTW- a neighbor who has goats (show/milk/meat) which I learned are worth some $$$ now-a-days was having problems with strays/loose dogs killing his goats. For some reason goats really kick that prey drive into high gear. He bought two Great Pyrenees and trained them to be live stock guardians. Last I spoke with him he had not lost any goats since....but indicated the pyerness would kill any dog that messed with 'their' goats. I wonder how that would play out in court.....
Are you assuming the house is a safe distance away because he use a shot gun? Who's to say the house/property line wasn't 50ft away? We don't know the line of sight and I'm sure the police are aware of the effective range of a shot gun with what ever type of shells he used. The fact that he lied about it initially tells me all I need to know.
I agree with most of what Selzer and the others are saying in regards to farmers protecting their livestock, but I don't agree it's a "one size fits all" approach to every encounter with a dog on your property.