If you are being attacked by a dangerous dog, you do not have to wait to be bitten in order to defend yourself. You can defend yourself by shooting a dangerous dog, however, Texas law is complicated with this specific incident. Texas law states that you can protect your livestock and other animals from an attack, however it is silent in regards to humans. There are also gun discharge laws in the city limits which may come up as well. If you are attacked by a dangerous dog, are injured, contact your local personal injury attorney in Austin, TX at Funk and Associates.