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Does Washington state have a free range law? If my horses get into my neighbors yard and eat all their flowers, can they sue me? Or is it their responsibility to make their fence horse proof?
It looks to me like people have to have "legal fences" to protect their property and if an animal gets through such a fence then they can sue the owner of that animal. Check out title 16 of RCW & have a look: Title 16 RCW: Animals and livestock (formerly: animals, estrays, brands, and fences) for yourself though, as I am not a lawyer.
PS There is also a law about "breachy" animals stating, "The owner of any animal that is unruly, and in the habit of breaking through or throwing down fences, if after being notified that such animal is unruly and in the habit of breaking through or throwing down fences as aforesaid, he shall allow such animal to run at large, shall be liable for all damages caused by such animal, and any and all other animals, that may be in company with such animal."
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