Neighbors feud in East Texas


POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 7:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 10:41pm

TYLER -- A heated situation between neighbors could now end with criminal charges. it began with one neighbor upset because he says, his chickens were being attacked.

Tuesday night just before 5 p.m. gun shots rang out on the 8500 block of Smith County road 334 and the dispute, according to officials is still ongoing.

According to Smith county deputies a man saw his next door neighbors dog attacking his chickens. Investigators say the man claimed he saw the dog carry off a chicken in his mouth.

That's when authorities say the man picked up his gun and shot at the dog but, that's not what brought authorities to the scene.

According to the deputies' report, the dog's owner then came out of his house and shot several times. The chicken owner believed he was shooting at him. We spoke with an East Texas attorney about what rights homeowners have in these cases and he says the man who shot the dog was completely within his rights.

It's nothing new to Texas law back in 1914 Tom Hobbs versus the state .The shooter had to pay five dollars for shooting his neighbor's pet. So far authorities say their are not any charges filed on either person involved.

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