Threads keep coming up on /r/ccw about the legality of defending yourself against an animal. It's a valid question. But, I always point out to be careful if it's a pet and get downvoted into oblivion.... So...hypothetical situation.... It's legal where you are to shoot someone in defense of property. There are no applicable leash laws. A stranger (non-LEO) meets you or comes to your house with no criminal intent (delivery guy, neighbor, etc.) and your energetic, people-loving dog goes to say "hi". The dog runs at them, intending to jump up and lick/sniff all over...the way dogs do. The person doesn't know this is normal, thinks the dog is attacking, and draws a legally-carried pistol intending to shoot the dog. In that situation (especially if the visitor has fired a shot), I would find it very hard not to shoot back, intending to stop the armed person who has threatened (or attacked) what is legally my property and what I consider my family. I might not think all that differently if the person in question is a LEO (remember that video where a cop repeatedly shot at dogs that were obviously playing). Now, I have taken and will continue to take steps to prevent this happening (baby gates, training, going outside to meet delivery guys, fireman please save our pets sign). I think the legal issues are beside the point. Am I crazy for honestly believing that I would use deadly force against a human to protect my dogs?