I have a very off the wall question for this forum. I assume many of the individuals on this site deal with more personal, nonviolent ethical decisions(drugs, alcohol) on average. I would ask would taking life under the right circumstances have any backlash? Yesterday a stray pit almost killed my dog when it came onto my porch. I was on the other side of the house when this happened. I got there and was about to stab the attacking dog to death but my parents sent me back in side before securing the dog. The reasons my parents stated for not letting me into the fight was that they believed I could lose my AROTC Scholarship if I killed this dog. Fortunately, the fight got broken up and my dog lived. I would like to know what would happen if I intervened so morbidly? FYI: I would have had no problem fighting or killing this animal in defense of my household; it may have lead to injury but that means very little to me. The question I have is if I did kill the dog would cadet command, a service academy, civilian court or the military take any legal action for the death of this animal under a similar circumstance?