What Are Your Responsibilities as a Dog Owner in Maricopa County?

Reasons to License Your Dog in Maricopa County and Other Expectations

What Are Your Responsibilities as a Dog Owner in Maricopa County?When you take on the great responsibility of owning a dog, you commit to providing it with proper care. You may, at some point, consider how these responsibilities may tie into laws in Maricopa County, Arizona. There are many reasons licensing your dog is critical. However, you might find that there are new expectations and liability that might come with dog ownership. As a dog owner, you must uphold your duty of care. Additionally, you might want to be aware that if you are facing legal action following a dog bite, it’s in your best interest to reach out to a lawyer at your earliest convenience.

Licensing Your Dog with Maricopa County

Any dog that is over three months of age must be licensed in Maricopa County. The process for licensing a dog is relatively straightforward; this can be done online through Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Licenses will need to be renewed each year. Be aware that you will also be required to provide a certificate or proof that the dog has been vaccinated for rabies. There are several critical reasons for dog owners to license their dogs, including:

One of the most important things that you can do when bringing a new dog into your home is to ensure that they are licensed and are up to date on all required vaccinations. This protects not only you but also your animal in the event they are lost by allowing for the best opportunity at a safe return.

Dog Bites and a Dog Owner’s Duty of Care

As a dog owner, it’s essential to be aware that a dog bite is one of the most prevalent forms of personal injury claims. When a dog owner fails to uphold their duty of care, negligence is a likely factor. Should a dog bite occur that resulted in damages, dog owners may be looking at the possibility of a personal injury claim to compensate victims for their losses. Once a dog bite occurs, victims have two years from the injury to take action; this is known as the statute of limitations. Working with a lawyer will play a critical role in strategizing a defense in such cases. Two common defenses are:

  1. The dog was provoked
  2. The person injured was trespassing on private property

A dog bite that has resulted in a dog’s aggression can come unexpectedly for some dog owners. If you were unaware that your dog was aggressive and bit another person, the one-bite rule might apply, meaning that an owner may not be held liable if they were unaware that the dog was aggressive. However, it’s crucial to note that despite this, the owner may still be held responsible for damages. 

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dog receives proper care and that owners follow Arizona statutes regarding dog ownership. While dogs will be dependent on you and require your love and support, it’s also essential to uphold your duty of care as a dog owner to protect the general public. To learn more about what are your responsibilities as a dog owner in Maricopa County, contact a lawyer in Maricopa County, AZ from the Saavedra Law Firm, PLC

Phoenix Personal Injury & Civil Litigation Lawyer

Attorney Freddy Saavedra provides trustworthy, aggressive representation to accident victims. He handles cases related to motor vehicle collisions, slips and falls, dog bites, and other accidents. Attorney Saavedra also brings wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have suffered the loss of a loved one in an accident.



$1 Million Motorcycle Accident Trucking Accident Wrongful Death - Recovered for the statutory beneficiaries of a motorcyclist killed by a negligent commercial truck driver. The driver of the commercial vehicle was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and completely liable for causing the collision that resulted in the death.
$700,000 Motorcycle Accident - Recovered for a motorcyclist who suffered a partial degloving of his left arm and a fractured femur. The accident was caused by a motorist driving under the influence of alcohol who initially fled the scene of the accident. The at fault driver was found 100% liable for the victim's injuries.
$248,000 Trucking Accident - Recovered for accident victim who suffered a fractured ankle caused by a negligent truck driver. The at fault driver was driving a commercial vehicle and was found completely liable. The victim's ankle surgery following the accident was not completely successful and she required follow up care and an additional surgery. The at fault driver was found liable for the injuries sustained by the victim, including the second surgery and follow up care.

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