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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: Is it illegal to leave a dog in the car if all the windows in the car are down and they are very well taken care of

The was this woman who thinks it’s illegal to leave our dogs in the car when all the windows are down while we were eating she broke into our car

Brian Craig
Brian Craig answered on Jul 8, 2019

The animal cruelty statute in Utah Code Ann. sec. 76-9-301 states that "a person is guilty of cruelty to an animal if the person . . . intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence . . . injures an animal [or] abandons an animal." The animal cruelty statute requires abandonment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: Could I press charges against somebody who has fed my dogs without permission?

I have a neighbor that has fed my dogs many times and has been caught doing so, and we have approached him multiple times and he denies doing it though we have caught and approached him in the act! He has made both of our dog extremely sick, and almost killed one when she was younger. The first... Read more »

Brian Craig
Brian Craig answered on Jul 5, 2019

A pet owner could file a complaint with the local police department for animal cruelty. Utah Code Ann. sec. 76-9-301 states that "a person is guilty of cruelty to an animal if the person . . . intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence . . . injures an animal."... Read more »

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Q: I got a ticket because my dog or supposedly my dog barked at the neighbor at 11 at night can I fight this
Brian Craig
Brian Craig answered on Jul 5, 2019

Noise laws are generally governed by city and county ordinances rather than state law. Under the state statute in Utah Code Ann. § 76-9-102A, a person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person "makes unreasonable noises in a private place which can be heard in a public place." If the noise... Read more »

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Q: If I tell an individual I live with not to touch my dog and he does it anyway multiple times can I take legal action?

He's a violent roommate and has threatened to put a shock collar on her and has touched her roughly. She's 2. Ive told him multiple times to keep his hands off my dog and he kept touching her even when she was next to me and out of the way

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Apr 23, 2019

Pets are property. If someone touches your property then you can sue them for trespass against property. The fact that your property is a dog doesn't really matter. Other facts that might matter are those that would weigh in on evidence of the wrongful touching. Things like, does the dog go... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: I sold my boyfriends dog for $300 without his permission. Can I get the dog back?

The person who purchased her said my boyfriend could see the dog ongoing and even watch the dog while they had their 2 family vacations each year. The purchaser has not held up to their end of the agreement. What do i do?

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Aug 17, 2018

Hello,

I am sorry for your predicament.

I am guessing that this dog didn't have some paper title or appear on some state registry that lists the dog and the owner and some kind of identification number. If they do then, then it would be easier for your BF to talk to the police to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: Am I entitled to a refund or reimbursement of vet expenses for a puppy I bought with undisclosed health problems?

We bought a 6 month old puppy through KSL classifieds two months ago. We took her in to be spayed two weeks later and learned that she had a severe bladder infection along with blatter stones and crystals. The cost of diagnosis and treatment exceeded the cost of the puppy. On top of that, we... Read more »

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 8, 2018

Hi,

I am sorry for your situation. Utah is a buyer beware state. There are some enhanced duties if the seller is a "merchant" meaning that they do this for their profession, but unless he actively hid it from you or represented that the puppy definitely did not have eptopic ureter then I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Utah on
Q: If I got a dog from an organization but months later changed my mind. Do I have to return the dog to them?

Yes we signed a contract but it was under $500 for the dog. I don’t see how they would have a right to her after a transaction took place.

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 8, 2018

Hello,

I am not sure I understand the situation. Let me see if I have this correct: 1) You purchased a dog from an organization for less than $500. 2) Later you changed your mind.

I am trouble understanding what 2) is intended to mean. Are you saying that you changed your mind...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for Utah on
Q: I bought a dog and 2 months later the lady wants him back, can she by law take him?

I bought a dog 2 months ago and now the lady that sold me the dog is saying that she wants him back and is saying legally the dog is still hers. I paid $500.00 for the dog and I have a bank statement saying I sent her the money. Can she’s call the cops and come after me?

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Mar 15, 2018

Animals are property. And I guess technically would fall under the "statute of frauds" that states that goods sold over $500 need a written contract in order to be enforceable. Was there a contract or some type of writing generated for the sale of the dog? Or was it a cash deal of exactly $500?... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Small Claims and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: what are the law on pet custody in Utah?

My now ex-girlfriend decided to bring a hedgehog to my house. she lives in Missouri. it's been about 2 months and still doesn't know when she is coming back for him. I love him and have grown a strong bond for him. is there a way i can gain legal ownership of this hedgehog?

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Feb 3, 2018

This is an Animal law question, not a criminal law question. Contact an attorney in that specialty.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: My friend's has my dog and refuses to give her back to me he won't return any calls and now threatens to call animal con

Yeah my friend was left with my dog when I got stranded yesterday and I tried calling him all day and he won't return my phone calls or my text messages and now he responds to me and says I have an hour to come get her or he's calling Animal Control what should I do is that illegal

Mr Aric M Cramer Sr.
Mr Aric M Cramer Sr. answered on Jan 22, 2018

If you feel a crime has been comitted you should call the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: Can someone legally give away someone else's pet snake?

My cousin was housing her pet snakes at her friends house for a while and now that friend has given her snakes away

Wesley Winsor
Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 22, 2017

Pets are property so this question could just as easily be, "my cousin was keeping her bicycle at her friends, and her friend has given it away".

The answer to the question is "no". Someone who does not have ownership can't give it away. If they do, then what they are in effect doing is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Utah on
Q: Can an adult instructor of equine activities be held liable if they don't require their youth students to wear helmets?

Utah S.B. 123: INHERENT RISK OF LIVESTOCK ACTIVITIES

Utah Code: 78-27B-102

Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson answered on May 1, 2017

The statute listed says it all, which constitutes negligence in the disregard for the safety of the participant. After that is proven, you have to show that there was an injury associated to that. They can't be held liable for anything if there isn't an injury according to the statute. So if you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Wrongful Death for Utah on
Q: Do you have to stop if you hit a dog or cat?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 21, 2017

Not by law.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Contracts and Divorce for Utah on
Q: Is a breeder contract my ex-wife signed during our marriage valid if I was awarded the dog in the divorce?

Seller is trying to take the dog back from me stating the contract says if the breeder can not care for the dog the seller has the right to reclaim.

Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson answered on Oct 28, 2016

It depends. There are probably good arguments on both sides and what the language specifically says in the contract could determine the outcome.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: My neighbor breed my male dog with his without our permission, do I have any rights to the puppies?

Kids let my dog out of my yard and my neighbor locked him in his backyard with his dog that was in heat. I have pictures and Facebook posts proving the puppies are from my dog and that he intentionally put my dog in his fenced yard.

Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson answered on Oct 28, 2016

You would have to prove that it was without your permission and would also have to most likely prove that the other owner did it intentionally and this did not just occur by accident. If somehow you can prove that it was without your permission and that it was intentional you could have a right to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: If my neighbors dog willingly wanders into my backyard multiple times in a night, can I claim it?
Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson answered on Oct 28, 2016

No, unless you can prove abandonment which is unlikely. You could have a trespass claim though.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: If my dog kills a sheep, am I liable for the purchase price of the sheep?

A friend of mines dog killed a sheep. They are willing to pay for it. They talked to one of the two owners and disussed making payments for the sheep, then the other owner decided to be a jerk and call animal control and demanded the purchase price of the sheep $500.00(he says he has a recipt)... Read more »

Andrew Spainhower
Andrew Spainhower answered on Sep 7, 2016

Obviously the answer can change given a variety of variables, however, it is likely that the dog owner will need to pay the sheep owner the value of the sheep.

1 Answer | Asked in Municipal Law, Animal / Dog Law and Real Estate Law for Utah on
Q: If my dog is on my own condo association's common property, am I subject to local leash laws? Or just condo by-laws?

Our puppy slipped under our private gate onto condo property. We recovered her within seconds, but a neighbor complained to police of a leash law violation. We came home after an evening out to find a note that warned of a citation if we did not contact the officer about the complaint. We looked up... Read more »

Lincoln W. Hobbs
Lincoln W. Hobbs answered on Aug 10, 2016

That would depend upon your condominium association's governing documents and the local ordinances. Many condominium declarations expressly incorporate municipal animal ordinances. You do have an interesting defense if the city is seeking to fine you, rather than the association.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: can i get my dog back after ive gave him away to someone its been less then twenty four hours ?

i have a choc. lab two years old and hes chipped and is current on all shots and fixed aa well. he seems to always get out .animal control pickes him up and this has happend several times ive always paid to get him back. yesterday thy told my husband that thy has someone who wanted to adopt him and... Read more »

Brian K Jackson
Brian K Jackson answered on Dec 2, 2015

You can appeal what happened and say that you weren't given any written notice of forfeiture (unless they did) and that you gave up your dog under duress and coercion of the officer.

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