Many states have specific laws regarding who is responsible if a pet dog bites another individual. Arizona’s law appears in section 11-1025 of the Arizona Revised Statutes. It holds the dog owner liable for injuries given to another person if the damage was caused by a dog bite and if the bite was suffered while the person was in a public place or lawfully in a public place.
While dogs can scratch people if their nails are untrimmed, the law only applies to dog bites. Likewise, Arizona’s bite law is a strict liability law, meaning the law applies even if the owner didn’t know the dog would bite.
However, the law doesn’t protect people who were trespassing on private property. For example, if someone was trying to sneak into a house to commit theft, he or she would not be protected if the house was defended by the homeowner’s dog.
There is also a statute of limitations for dog bite liability. In the state, a person injured by a dog must file a premises liability suit within 2 years of the date of the bite. If an injured person fails to meet the deadline, the court will almost certainly throw the case out before hearing it.
Likewise, a person isn’t protected by the law if he or she provoked the dog. A dog is considered provoked when the injured person does something a reasonable person would avoid doing. For example, a reasonable person would avoid kicking a dog because he or she knows it would likely provoke the dog to bite back. A person who kicks a dog and is then bitten would not be protected by the Arizona dog bite law.
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