Ranson v. Kitner

31 Ill. App. 241 (1888)

 

RULE:

In an action brought to recover the value of a dog mistaken for a wolf and killed, this court holds that the defendants are liable for the damages resulting from their mistake.

FACTS:

While hunting for wolves, a dog was killed. The dog owners now sought to recover the value of a dog. The defense of the hunter's was that the dog had a striking resemblance to a wolf, that they in good faith believed it to be one when they shot it. The jury held them liable for the value of the dog.

ISSUE:

Are the hunter's liable for the value of the dog?

ANSWER:

Yes

CONCLUSION:

The Court held that the hunters are clearly liable for the damages caused by their mistake, notwithstanding they were acting in good faith.

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