Dog Bite Liability
In the unfortunate event of a dog attack, the dog bite liability falls upon the dog owner. Of course, there are many factors involved, such as if the victim provoked the dog beforehand, but this is usually the responsible party in a dog bite injury case. If you have been injured from a dog attack in Utah, please contact our Swenson & Shelley Injury Attorneys today.
Dog Bite Liability | Dogs Must Be Properly Restrained
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.
Dog Bite Liability | Dogs Must Be Up to Date on Their Vaccinations
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.
Dog Bite Liability | The Victim Has Every Right to Defend Themselves
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 aggressive dog have no legal standing to seek action against anyone who hurts or kills their dog in the effort to stop an attack.