Liability for Injury to Livestock by Dogs
For many in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, livestock is their livelihood. Injury to livestock can have significant financial and emotional impacts on those affected by their injury or loss. Liability for injury to livestock by dogs is part of Washington law to help protect livestock. Any person whose dog injures or kills livestock is liable for the damages sustained. Further, livestock owners are permitted to defend their livestock with force if necessary.
RCW 16.08.010: Liability for injury to stock by dogs.
The owner or keeper of any dog shall be liable to the owner of any animal killed or injured by such dog for the amount of damages sustained and costs of collection, to be recovered in a civil action.
RCW 16.08.020: Dogs injuring stock may be killed.
It shall be lawful for any person who shall see any dog or dogs chasing, biting, injuring or killing any sheep, swine or other domestic animal, including poultry, belonging to such person, on any real property owned or leased by, or under the control of, such person, or on any public highway, to kill such dog or dogs, and it shall be the duty of the owner or keeper of any dog or dogs so found chasing, biting or injuring any domestic animal, including poultry, upon being notified of that fact by the owner of such domestic animals or poultry, to thereafter keep such dog or dogs in leash or confined upon the premises of the owner or keeper thereof, and in case any such owner or keeper of a dog or dogs shall fail or neglect to comply with the provisions of this section, it shall be lawful for the owner of such domestic animals or poultry to kill such dog or dogs found running at large.
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