There are specific Utah dog bite laws that require all dog owners in the state to act responsibly and make sure others are protected. When these rules are not followed, the owners can and should be penalized for acting irresponsibly. If you have been seriously injured in a dog bite, please contact Swenson & Shelley Injury Attorneys to consult with our experienced personal injury lawyers.
Owners are required to always have restrained control of their animals. When at home, pets should be in a fenced-in area, on a secure lead, or in the house. Pets should never be allowed to roam around, especially if they are not supervised. Most dog bites occur when a dog is unrestrained, so it is important for all owners to adhere to dog restraint laws.
All dogs in the state of Utah must be up to date on vaccinations and have regular vet care. The most important vaccine for a dog to have in case of a bite is the rabies vaccine. This is because rabies can be transferred from dogs to humans and can be deadly if not treated in time. If a dog bites and the owner cannot provide proof that the dog has current vaccinations, serious legal action can be taken.
If a dog is attacking a person or other animal, the victim has every right to stop the dog from attacking. It is within the victim’s legal rights to use every force necessary, including injuring or killing the dog, to stop the attack. The owners of the aggressing dog have no legal standing to seek action against anyone who hurts or kills their dog in the effort to stop an attack.
Dog bites can result in very serious injuries. It’s only right that you receive full compensation. Contact our Utah dog bite lawyers today to schedule a free consultation.