Dog Bite Law If a Dog Was Provoked by the Victim
While Washington law provides strict liability for dog bites, meaning generally the owner of a dog is financially liable for any damages caused by a bite by their dog in a public place or to a person lawfully upon the owner’s property, strict liability does not apply in every case. One of the most notable exceptions to the strict liability law is that if a dog was provoked by the victim, the owner will not be held liable for the damages incurred as a result of the attack. Proof of provocation is an affirmative defense, meaning the owner must prove the provocation. However, often the investigating police or animal control authorities will include in their reports a determination as to whether a dog was provoked. So, if you are involved in a dog attack, be sure to cooperate with investigating authorities, providing a statement as requested. Disputes about how the attack happened can often see this determination come down to a “he-said, she-said” situation, so cooperation with authorities is important to ensure the report prepared is accurate.
RCW 16.08.060: Provocation as a defense.
Proof of provocation of the attack by the injured person shall be a complete defense to an action for damages.
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