Any dog which when unprovoked has ever bitten or attacked a human being is considered vicious. Any person may lawfully kill any vicious or mad dog running at large.
A dog owner's liability for injuries caused by his or her dog is most often determined by general negligence principles. Therefore, if the owner failed to exercise reasonable control over the dog and the dog bites or otherwise injures a person, the owner will be liable. In some cases, an owner can be subject to strict liability, provided that the injured person proves that the owner knew, or had reason to know, that the dog had a dangerous propensity or a trait not characteristic of a dog of that kind, and that the dangerous tendency caused the injury.
Alaska does not have a Dangerous Dog Statute.
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