Call Now For A Free Consultation 812-590-2213


Indiana's dog bite laws

Posted by Ken Doane | Jan 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Have you or someone you know been attacked by an aggressive or uncontrolled dog without provocation? If so, you will want to know how the state of Indiana handles such situations and what type of compensation you may be legally entitled to.

The Indiana Code makes it clear that dog owners may face criminal prosecution if their dogs injure or kill people depending upon the circumstances. If a dog attack results in death and the owner is said to have consciously failed to prevent the attack by restraining the dog, the owner could be charged wiht a Level 5 felony. If the owner's lack of ability to restrain the dog was not intention but was reckless and death results, the charge may be a Level 6 felony.

For dog bites that result in injury not death, misdemeanor charges may apply. Depending upon the circumstances, a person could be charged with a Class A, Class B or a Class C misdemeanor. In all cases, the lack of reasonably trying to hold the dog back or the dog venturing onto property not owned by the dog owner are part of what determines criminal charges. If no prior charges are on record, the offense would be a Class A misdemeanor. If one prior offense is on record, it would be Class B and then Class C misdemeanor charges apply if two or more prior offenses are on record.

If you would like to learn more about Indiana's laws on dog bites, please feel free to visitthe canine liability law page of our Indiana personal injury website.

About the Author

Ken Doane

Ken is an experienced personal injury attorney and practices in southern Indiana and the metro Louisville area. Ken and his team handle every aspect of his clients' cases from pre-suit settlement negotiations through jury trial and appeal, if necessary. He has practiced for over 22 years and has ...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Driving Directions To Our Office

From I-65 North across the Lincoln Bridge to Exit 0, go left at foot of exit ramp, through the stop light and drive directly into Water Tower Square.

Follow I-65 South toward Louisville. Take Exit 1 to merge onto US-31 S toward Stansifer Ave./10th St. Continue on US-31 S. Use the middle lane to take the ramp to 10th St./Court Ave. Turn right on Court Ave. into Water Tower Square.

From US 31 North across the Second Street Bridge to Court Avenue. At the bottom of the ramp turn left into Water Tower Square.