Ranson v. Kitner

31 Ill. App. 241 (1888)



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.


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.


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




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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