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Baker v. Howard County Hunt

    Citation188 A. 223
    188 A. 223

    Brief Fact Summary.

    Plaintiffs sued defendant, to enjoin them and their dogs from hunting on the property or otherwise interfering with the peaceful possession of the property.

    Synopsis of Rule of Law.

    A property owner is entitled to an injunction to prevent repeated trespasses.

    Facts.

    Plaintiff Dr. Laurence H. Baker owned a farm with his wife. Defendant Howard County Hunt an association that hunted foxes occupied a farm near plaintiff.  Defendant’s dogs attacked and bit plaintiff’s wife. The dogs subsequently trampled plaintiff’s crops, broke frames, and disturbed his animals. Plaintiffs sued defendant, to enjoin them and their dogs from hunting on the property or otherwise interfering with the peaceful possession of the property. The trial court dismissed the case. Plaintiff appealed.

    Issue.

    Whether a property owner is entitled to an injunction to prevent repeated trespasses.

    Held.

    Yes. The trial court erred in refusing to grant the injunction, and the judgment is reversed.

    Discussion.

    In this case, defendant had a duty to control his dogs after noticing that the dogs were hunting on plaintiff’s  farm and were causing damage. Plaintiff’s shooting of the dogs does not deny him relief. There is no adequate way to measure damages for these injuries so the only equitable relief is to enjoin defendant from continuing to trespass.


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