What If I Hurt A Dog That Has Come Onto My Land? Is It Still A Crime?

No. Iowa has carved out several exceptions that allow you to injure an animal without it being a crime. Two important exceptions are made for the protection of your property and protection from injury. Under protection of property, a person who acts reasonably to protect their property, like a water fountain or farmland, can injure an unconfined dog that has come onto their land. Under the protection from injury, you can harm a dog if you are acting to protect someone or yourself from an unconfined dog. You should note that in both cases, the rule only applies if the dog is unconfined, or in other words, not on a leash.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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