Last Updated: 8/24/2023

While the idea of dogs being man's best friend sounds nice, the reality is that a dog can turn on a human at any time. This can lead to severe, even life-threatening injuries. When you or a loved one has been injured in an animal attack, you will want to get an understanding of the dog bite laws in Iowa.

An Iowa dog bite lawyer can provide you with the most recent, up-to-date information on dog bite laws in Iowa in general and the county or city where it occurred in particular. A lawyer can also assist you with filing a claim should you decide to pursue one after being attacked or bitten by a dog.

An Overview of Dog Bite Laws in Iowa

The state of Iowa has a statute that imposes liability for injuries or damages that are caused by an owner's dog. Liability for a dog bite will rest with the owner in most cases. Since each situation is unique, it is always best to first consult with an Iowa dog bite lawyer.

According to Statute 351.28, Iowa dog bite law states the owner of the dog who causes injury to a person will be liable for all damages related to the incident. 

This means damages may extend beyond the actual injuries caused by the dog that is biting or attacking a person. One example of this is if a person is attempting to escape a dog attack and runs into the street getting struck by a car. Under the Iowa dog bite law, the victim can make a claim for the additional injuries after being struck by the car.

Or if a person was riding a bicycle and a dog began to chase in an attempt to attack or bite, if that person is then thrown from the bike and injured, the victim could make a claim for liability underdog bites laws in Iowa.


Rabies Symptoms in Dogs and Stray Animals

Rabies is a deadly virus that can spread to humans from the saliva of infected animals. If an animal is acting unwell, you should stay away from the animal and call your local animal control to investigate the situation.

Symptoms of rabies include: 

  • aggression;
  • biting;
  • dazed look and confused behavior;
  • refusing water; and
  • foaming at the mouth. 


There are many aspects to dog bite laws that can be confusing.  If you or a loved one have been injured in a dog attack, contact our office for a no cost case evaluation.  To learn more about Iowa's law involving dog bites and attack request our dog bite book which we offer at no cost by calling 641-792-3595Why offer a Book at No Cost?  Iowa Personal Injury Attorneys Corey Walker and Erik Bair offers their Iowa dog bite book at no cost because they have represented many Iowans bitten and attacked by dogs work and seen too many clients make mistakes before they knew about their rights and responsibilities costing them thousands of dollars.  Iowans bitten or attacked by dogs are beginning to realize that dog owner's insurance company is not there to help with their case and they should learn about Iowa's dog bite laws and how they affect their case.  Finally, you can learn about Iowa dog bites in the comfort of your own home with no risk, no cost and no obligation.  For immediate assistance call (641) 792-3595 and ask for one of our injury attorneys. 

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