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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... 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 »

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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Utah on
Q: Do I have to call animal control if I hit a dog/cat while driving? Do I have to stop?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Nov 14, 2015

Check with a local animal law lawyer.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is only general information. It is NOT legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is impossible to evaluate a legal problem...
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Q: Can I fight over a dog that I bought for a breeding dog and I found out that the dog can not breed

I signed papers that she told me was breeding right and they was not

Jefferson S Cannon
Jefferson S Cannon answered on Sep 9, 2015

Yes on the face of this it would appear you have a claim for bad faith, breach of contract and lack of fair dealing.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: I went to drop off my trash on the condo where i live, and my dog jumped on the maintenance guy leg, the dog was the le

I went to drop off my trash on the condo where i live, and my dog jumped on the maintenance guy leg, the dog was the leash and the guy came close to me, he screamed a lot and showed some marks on his legs, that looks more like a old mark for other kind of injured, can i be sued for that? On a... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 13, 2015

If you are sued, turn it over to your renter's liability insurance. Check your policy to see if you have to report the incident.

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Q: My neighbors great Dane attacked my chihuahua and the great Dane was not on leash can I sue
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Jun 24, 2014

In order to answer your question, we need to know where the dogs were at the time of the attack.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Utah on
Q: My ex and i broke up, He has a dog, and he hardly takes care of him. Is there anyway i can fight to own his dog?
Cory Hundley
Cory Hundley answered on Dec 25, 2013

Very unlikely. Animals are generally considered personal property and you will not likely be able to get legal ownership by claiming abuse or neglect. However, animal cruelty is a crime and you may have a chance of convincing your ex to give you the dog by threatening to report the neglect to... Read more »

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