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I am sorry for this dilemma...but do not understand your question...are you asking if you can invoke self defense to defend your pet?
Or is this a homework question?
ThanksI have some thoughts..a few mins please and I will type them up.
Thank you for your patience.It is a defense to an assault charge (including murder) if the accused acted to protect themselves or another person from harm. So, for example, if you woke up to an intruder who is armed and you had a reasonable apprehension that your life was in danger?? You can use force, including deadly force, to protect yourself. You can not use deadly force to protect your pet…not even a service animal. You can not use deadly force to shoot someone who is running away But you can use deadly force to protect yourself or any other person.Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.
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Thanks for your understandingPhil