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West's Utah Code Annotated. Title 18. Dogs. Chapter 1. Injuries by Dogs.

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Citation: U.C.A. 1953 18-1-1 - 3

Citation: UT ST 18-1-1 - 3


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2013

Summary:  

This Utah statute provides that every person owning or keeping a dog shall be liable in damages for injury committed by such dog, and it shall not be necessary in any action brought therefor to allege or prove that such dog was of a vicious or mischievous disposition or that the owner or keeper thereof knew that it was vicious or mischievous.  This does not apply to dogs used by law enforcement officials.



Statute in Full:

§ 18-1-1. Liability of owners--Scienter--Dogs used in law enforcement

(1) Every person owning or keeping a dog is liable in damages for injury committed by the dog, and it is not necessary in the action brought therefor to allege or prove that the dog was of a vicious or mischievous disposition or that the owner or keeper of the dog knew that it was vicious or mischievous .

(2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), neither the state nor any county, city, or town in the state nor any peace officer employed by any of them shall be liable in damages for injury committed by a dog , if:

(a) the dog has been trained to assist in law enforcement ; and

(b) the injury occurs while the dog is reasonably and carefully being used in the apprehension, arrest, or location of a suspected offender or in maintaining or controlling the public order.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1971, c. 29, § 1; Laws 2011, c. 297, § 47, eff. May 10, 2011.

 

§ 18-1-2. Dogs acting together--Actions--Parties--Judgment

Where any injury has been committed by two or more dogs acting together and such dogs are owned or kept by different persons, all such persons may be joined as defendants in the same action to recover damages therefor, and the amount found by the court or jury as damages for such injury shall be apportioned among the several defendants found liable and judgment shall be entered severally against them for the amount so apportioned.

CREDIT(S)

Codifications R.S. 1898, § 71; C.L. 1907, § 71; C.L. 1917, § 113; R.S. 1933, § 24-0-2; C. 1943, § 24-0-2.

 

§ 18-1-3. Dogs attacking domestic animals, service animals, hoofed protected wildlife, or domestic fowls

Any person may injure or kill a dog while:

(1) the dog is attacking, chasing, or worrying:

(a) a domestic animal having a commercial value;

(b) a service animal, as defined in Section 62A-5b-102; or

(c) any species of hoofed protected wildlife;

(2) the dog is attacking domestic fowls; or

(3) the dog is being pursued for committing an act described in Subsection (1) or (2).

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1933, c. 17, § 1; Laws 1973, c. 27, § 1; Laws 2000, c. 302, § 1, eff. May 1, 2000; Laws 2007, c. 22, § 1, eff. April 30, 2007.

 

 



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