Dog Laws In Idaho

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Idaho does have a Vicious Dog Statute. In Idaho, dogs are deemed to be dangerous when a complaint has been made to the sheriff and a notice has been given to the owner. Additionally, a “vicious dog” is any dog that physically attacks, wounds, bites, or injures any person who was not trespassing at the time the injury occurred and was not provoking the dog.

Under the Vicious Dog Statute in Idaho, owners must keep such dogs in a secure location which is controlled by the dog owner. When a vicious dog is not in a secure enclosure, the owner must restrain the dog with a chain that fully controls the dog.

Damages that can be recovered depend upon the nature and extent of injury, medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and mental suffering, disfiguring scarring and loss of consortium.


In Idaho, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of injury. This means you must file a lawsuit against the owner/keeper of the dog within that time, or you will be forever time barred from pursuing a case.


Idaho Code § 25-2805

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The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is formed through the use of this website.  Laws relating to dog injuries can, and do, change.  To learn your legal rights, contact The Snow Law Firm, or contact a licensed and experienced attorney in your state.


In most states, when a minor is bitten or injured by a dog, the statute of limitation period does not begin to run until the minor reaches the age of 18.  Thus, for example, if an 11-year-old child is bitten or injured by a dog in a state that has a 3 year statute of limitation period within which to file a lawsuit, they will have three years from the date they turn 18 years of age, and would thus have to file a lawsuit before they turn 21 years of age.  In most instances, however, it is recommended that a parent or guardian bring a claim for a dog bite or injury claim on behalf of a minor child before waiting for the injured child to turn 18.


Some states limit the type of damages that a person bitten or injured by a dog can recover.  In most states, however, a person who is bitten or injured by a dog can recover damages that include medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earnings capacity, physical pain and mental suffering, scarring, permanency of injury, periods of total and/or partial disability and loss of spousal consortium.