To kill, shoot or injure another man's dog without legal justification is a wrong giving rise to a claim at common law1. Such legal justification arises from the statutory provisions relating to the protection of livestock2 from dogs.
In any civil proceedings for the killing or injuring of a dog it is a defence to prove3 that the defendant acted for the protection of any livestock and was a person entitled so to act4, and that within 48 hours of the killing or injury the defendant gave notice of it to the officer in charge of a police station5. A
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