You may not know that there are specific laws about dog bites. These laws are extremely important when you are attacked by a dog. Dog bite victims may be eligible for compensation from a personal injury claim. At Hansen Injury Law, we specialize in dog bite cases. This post breaks down some of the most important Idaho dog bite laws and how they may affect your case.

Important Idaho Dog Bite Laws

The following laws are usually the most relevant in a dog attack case. However, there may be other factors that affect your case. If you still have questions after reading this, please contact us and we will help you find answers.


Idaho law states that dog owners may be liable when their dog “attacks, wounds, bites, or otherwise injures any person.” Even if a dog does not have a history of aggressive behavior, owners can still be held liable. There are some exceptions to this rule. Dog owners may not be liable for bite injuries if, for example:

  • The dog is physically provoked by the victim
  • The dog is performing official law enforcement duties
  • The dog is defending someone from an assault or attack
  • The victim was committing a crime on the owner’s property
  • The victim had previously abused the dog

These are some notable exceptions, but each case is unique. An experienced attorney can help you determine if there is liability in your dog bite case.

Criminal Charges

In some cases, dog owners can face criminal charges for failing to adequately control a dangerous dog. If a dog bites or attacks someone and a court deems them “dangerous or at-risk,” their owners must adhere to certain rules. If the owner fails to obey these rules, such as keeping the dog leashed or muzzled when necessary, they can face fines and even jail time.

Local Laws

Some cities and counties have their own local laws about dogs. These can include breed bans, “dangerous dog” ordinances, and leash laws.

Contact a Dog Bite Lawyer

Idaho dog bite laws are complicated, but an experienced attorney can help you make sense of them. If you are bitten and seriously injured by a dog, you may be eligible for compensation for your medical costs and damages. Bites can be traumatic experiences, and you deserve quality help for your injury claim.

At Hansen Injury Law Firm, we want to help you win your personal injury case. We pride ourselves on handling our clients’ cases with compassion, giving each one the attention it needs to be successful. If you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact us today.

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