A keeper of an exotic animal is strictly liable for:
Costs incurred by any person or city, county or state agency in attempting to remedy the animal’s escape from custody;
Personal injury, property damage or similar loss directly or indirectly caused by the animal’s escape from custody, the lack of custody over the animal or efforts to remedy the animal’s escape from custody; and
Personal injury directly caused by the animal while in custody.
Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, if an injury or escape by an exotic animal is in whole or in part the result of a willful unlawful act by a person other than the keeper, the keeper’s liability for damages resulting from the escape or injury is the amount of total damages multiplied by the percentage of fault attributable to the keeper’s negligence. [1985 c.437 §5; 1999 c.699 §8]
Atty. Gen. Opinions
Possession and administration of sodium pentobarbital by county animal control program, (1982) Vol 42, p 297