Is Arizona A Strict Liability State For Dog Bites?
Yes, Arizona is a strict liability state for dog bites. This means that dog owners are held strictly liable for any injuries or damages their dogs cause, including dog bites. In Arizona, the victim does not need to prove that the owner was negligent or that the dog had a history of aggressive behavior. The owner is typically responsible for the actions of their dog, even if it was the dog’s first bite. This strict liability statute is outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes § 11-1025. However, there are exceptions in which the dog owner may not be held strictly liable, such as if the victim provoked the dog, was trespassing on private property, or was performing a lawful duty (e.g., a mail carrier). In such cases, the owner’s liability may be limited.