Man On Trial For Killing a Trespassing, Charging Dog

An Illinois man is on trial for killing his neighbor’s dog. The charge is animal cruelty. The dog was trespassing on his property, had been pursuing another animal, and was racing toward him for the apparent purpose of attacking him. (For details,¬†click here to read the news article.)

We read about dogs rushing into a neighbor’s yard and killing someone as they prune their flowers (see the posts below). Is it really animal cruelty to kill a dog under such circumstances? What other choice is available in cities where the animal control department refuses or is unable to take dangerous dogs off the streets?