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Which animals are implicated in animal bite cases in AZ?

There are many and different types of species of animals in this world. Most people are familiar with the broad categories of wildlife, domesticated animals and livestock. Thus, when it comes to a personal injury resulting from an animal bite, it is very important to properly classify the animal that has bitten an individual.

Dogs and cats make wonderful loving pets and generally fall into the domesticated category. However, both dogs and cats can also be feral. In many states across the U.S., including Arizona, specific laws are in place to deal with animal bites caused by a domesticated dog. In AZ, dog bite cases fall under the legal principle of strict liability. This legal doctrine means the dog owner is responsible for damages and liable for injuries that his or her dog may cause to another person, unless it can be shown that the dog was provoked.

Other domesticated animals include horses. However, rather than biting, horses typically kick and can inflict a significant level of injury. The owner of the horse can be held liable for injuries the animal causes, unless the horse owner can show that the animal was provoked or the person assumed the risk.

Some people may own exotic wildlife like big cats and reptiles. Generally, wildlife of any kind is inherently dangerous. In the event that an exotic pet injures another person, the owner of the exotic pet would be liable. Exotic pet owners will be strictly liable for any injuries that their exotic pet inflicts.

Additionally, animal bites also can involve other pets such as a rabbit or a pet rodent. Bites for these animals also fall under the doctrine of strict liability. Furthermore, in AZ, unvaccinated domesticated pets such as dogs and cats that have bitten a person are typically quarantined for a length of time prescribed under law, which is at least 10 days from the date of the biting incident. Other animals, such as a rabbit or pet rodent, must be quarantined for 14 days.

In essence, animal bite injuries can involve many different types of species and any injuries resulting from animal bites typically fall under the legal principle of strict liability, wherein the owner of the animal is liable for the damages that his or her animal inflicts.

Source: FindLaw, "Does the Type of Animal Affect a Bite Injury Case?", accessed Jan. 26, 2015

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