In Arizona, dogs are not allowed to run at large. If a dog escapes, then the owner can be held strictly liable for any property damage or personal injury that results. Dogs are considered to be “at large” when they are not restrained by a leash or kept in an enclosure.
Since owners can be held strictly liable for their pets’ actions, it’s essential to keep them locked up or on a leash. Otherwise, the owner may have to cover lost wages, pain and suffering or medical costs for the victim of a dog bite.
Is there any time when a person is at fault for being bitten by a dog?
There can be times when those who are bitten are responsible. For instance, if they provoke the animal, such as by hitting it, then they may be at fault. If they are trespassing on private property, then they could also be at fault for the incident. This is something to discuss with an attorney if you are concerned about your role in the attack.
Certain dogs and their owners are exempted from liability if the animal is being used in police or military work at the time of the bite. There are exceptions to this rule, but on the whole, if the animal is working and doing what it was trained to do (or defending itself), then the owner won’t be held liable for its actions.
What is the statute of limitations on a dog-bite claim?
In Arizona, the statute of limitations is between one and two years, depending on the specifics of the case. You’ll want to discuss your options for pursuing a claim with your attorney, so you know how long you have to bring the case.