The owner of an animal (other than a dog) may be liable for damages it causes under Civil Code Article 2321. Basically, the plaintiff must prove the owner of the animal was negligent. However, for dogs, the plaintiff must only prove strict liability. Basically, under the strict liability theory of recovery, the plaintiff must only prove the risk of harm is outweighed by the utility of the conduct. The plaintiff need not prove that the owner knew or should have known of the risk.
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