This is sort of related to the “Self Defense Against a Dog” thread but is from the opposite angle (a comment @Chuck_L made in another post got me thinking along these lines).
Your at home asleep, when suddenly you hear your dog downstairs going crazy, as you get up to investigate you hear glass break and your dog continue to aggressively bark but now even more intensely.
What do you do?
Does your home defense plan incorporate your animals?
What if suddenly you hear your dog whimper/cry in pain and like it’s been struck/hit? What if after that the barking stops? What then?
What State laws do you potentially have to contend with?