Q: VT Animal Laws

January 16, 2010 | By Marina | 2 answers | Expired: 1790 days ago


I'm trying to find out more about the "messed up" laws about animals in VT. Example: A homeowner is allowed to shoot his dog if he feels like it. Does anyone know who I can talk to or what organization that will do something?

Readers' Answers (2)

Jan 17, 2010

though i can't find anything that supports the alleged law of being allowed to kill your own dog just for the hell of it, i also haven't found anything denying it. i would call your local humane society or dog warden for validation to that claim. it may be an old law that has since been revised or it could be isolated to a single county.
what i did find was vermont statutes and laws regarding domestic pet and wolf-hydbrid control: www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusvtst_t20_3451_5007.htm
i would assume that law would be illustrated here, but maybe not. what's written in there primarily relates to "vicious" animals, damage of livestock, and rabies - in all cases dogs can be killed, but there are guidelines that must be met first.

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L M.

Jan 22, 2010

I would say the ASPCA knows all this information as they're very "up" on alerts (and have many of their own). If not, I'd contact the State's dept of Agriculture. Another possibility is Humane Assoc or American Humane, but the first two would be my guess. Will you let us know, though? Thank you.


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