UTAH – HB 97 (Feb 20, 2014)

House Vote on HB 97 (Feb 20, 2014)

H.B. 97 Enrolled




Chief Sponsor: Rep. King, Brian S.

Senate Sponsor: Sen. Okerlund, Ralph


Highlighted Provisions:

This bill prohibits a municipality from enacting or enforcing a breed-specific rule, regulation, policy, or ordinance about dogs; and makes technical changes.


Read more: http://openstates.org/ut/votes/UTV00008841/


Jacob L. AndereggJerry B. AndersonJohnny AndersonPatrice M ArentJoel K BriscoeRebecca Chavez-HouckLaVar ChristensenTim M CosgroveSusan DuckworthJames A DunniganRebecca P EdwardsSteve EliasonJanice M FisherGage FroererBrian M. GreeneRichard A GreenwoodCraig HallStephen G HandyLynn N HemingwayMichael S. KennedyBrian S KingJohn KnotwellDana L. LaytonRebecca D LockhartJohn G MathisDaniel McCayCarol Spackman MossJim NielsonMichael E NoelCurtis OdaLee B PerryDixon M PitcherMarie H PoulsonKraig PowellMarc K. RobertsAngela RomeroDouglas SagersJennifer M SeeligV. Lowry SnowKeven J. StrattonMark A WheatleyRyan D WilcoxLarry B Wiley


Senate Vote on HB 97 (Mar 13, 2014)

Read more: http://openstates.org/ut/votes/UTV00010316/


J. Stuart AdamsCurtis S BrambleAllen M ChristensenJim DabakisGene DavisMargaret DaytonWayne A HarperDeidre M. HendersonLyle W HillyardDavid P HinkinsScott K JenkinsPatricia W JonesPeter C KnudsonMark B MadsenKaren MayneWayne L NiederhauserStuart C ReidBrian E. ShiozawaHoward A StephensonDaniel W ThatcherStephen H UrquhartJohn L ValentineKevin T Van TassellTodd Weiler

Utah dog attacks

2 pit bulls fight in Sandy backyard; teen fatally stabs one dog to save the other

pit-bull-fightPOSTED 3:40 PM, APRIL 15, 2015, BY

SANDY, Utah – Two pit bulls kept on the same property in Sandy but in separate areas came into contact and began fighting Wednesday morning, and a teenager who tried to separate the dogs ended up stabbing and killing the more aggressive animal to protect the other dog.

Sgt. Dean Carriger of the Sandy Police Department said a homeowner in the area of 8500 South and 115 East owned two pit bull dogs that didn’t get along and were kept in separate areas of the property, but Wednesday around 10:30 a.m. the dogs somehow got out of their separated areas and came into contact.

“As a result, they got into a fight,” Carriger said of the dogs. “[The homeowner] went out in an attempt to separate them when he experienced some breathing issues. At that time, his teenage son went into the yard to separate the dogs, and in an effort to do so he ultimately had to stab one of the dogs to get the aggressive dog to stop attacking the other.”

Click here to read more: http://fox13now.com/2015/04/15/2-pit-bulls-fight-in-sandy-backyard-teen-fatally-stabs-one-dog-to-save-the-other/


Couple shoots two dogs, claims they are justified

 – Ali Monsen – 1/3/15

SANTAQUIN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Seven snow-covered deer lie dead in secluded corners of an orchard, and they all have one thing in common.

“They have their butts chewed out the same way…” said Brett Farley, who owns the property.

But two of the neighbors’ pets have lost their lives too. A woman and her boyfriend shot and killed them Monday morning.

“We don’t know why,” said Brandon Naccarato, the deceased dogs’ owner.

So, how did all this happen? Farley has an idea. He says he starting spotting the desecrated deer about two months ago.

“We couldn’t figure out why the deer were dying, and then people witnessed it. We saw that the dogs just chased them until they got stuck, and the dogs would just chew them…” Farley explained.

Farley claims his employee and her boyfriend could not stand to watch the attacks any longer.
He says they tried shooing the dogs away and when that failed, they pulled out a handgun.

“There was nothing wrong with what was done. It was all legal,” Farley resolved.

According to Utah Code 18-1-3, ‘Any person may injure or kill a dog while the dog is attacking, chasing, or worrying… any species of hoofed protected wildlife.” Legally, the couple is justified, but owner of the deceased dogs says that does not make it right.

Naccarato’s relative recently posted the story on social media. The shooting has hundreds of irate dog-lovers making threats toward the couple responsible. The subjects of those threats say the comments have become so aggressive, they have had to leave town.

“I’ve been called the B-word, a piece of crap, and that I should go into hiding—I couldn’t run fast enough from them, so I left. I honestly almost brought my dogs because I’m worried they’re going to do something to my dogs,” said Jaquel Christensen, the woman who shot Naccarto’s dogs.

Read more: http://www.good4utah.com/story/d/story/couple-shoots-two-dogs-claims-they-are-justified/38930/TeFp52KFmUuCwIq7cFlhKw


Dog dies after pit bull attack

Therresa Worthington – 1:10 p.m. MST November 3, 2014

St. George Police and animal control are still investigating a pit bull attack on a chihuahua Halloween afternoon, Sgt. Sam Despain, St. George Police Department public information officer, said Monday.

At about 4 p.m. Friday, Eleanor Davis was walking her dog during a visit with a friend at 1150 W. 360 North, said Beverly Phillips, Davis’ sister.

“My sister had her chihuahua on a leash and was taking her outside for a potty break when this pit bull came out of nowhere and attacked her dog, Nu-Chi,” Phillips said.

Davis said she was just walking when suddenly the pit bull scooped up her dog.

“I was speechless, I didn’t know what to do,” she said.

Davis said if she would have had a bat or another weapon, she would have used it to get the dog to let go of Nu-Chi, but with nothing like that all she could do is stand there until someone came to help.

One witness did help, she said.

“I’m thankful for him,” Davis said.

Nu-Chi was taken to an area veterinarian and then transferred later to Southwest Animal Emergency Hospital, Phillips said.

Nu-Chi died of her injuries at about 3 a.m. Saturday.

Read more: http://www.thespectrum.com/story/news/local/2014/11/03/dog-dies-pit-bull-attack/18424667/


Man shoots pit bull after alleged bite

First Published Oct 31 2014 07:12PM – Salt Lake Tribune

An Orem man shot and killed his neighbor’s pit bull after it reportedly bit his foot.

The man was washing his truck near 200 W. 1060 South when his neighbor’s pit bull got out of its kennel and bit his foot, said police Lt. Craig Martinez. The man told his wife to get his gun and call the police, Martinez said. The man then kicked the dog and it ran away, the lieutenant said. As the wife came outside with the man’s handgun, the pit bull came back and the man shot it three times, Martinez said. The dog’s owner was cited with animal at large and animal attacking, he added.

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/home/1769552-155/dog-martinez-bull-pit-neighbor-wife


5-year-old boy requires surgery after dog bites, drags him

By Natalie Crofts and Paul Nelson – 10/29/14

CLEARFIELD — A 5-year-old boy is in surgery after being bit by a family pit bull Wednesday, officials said.

The boy was playing with the dog when it bit him near his stomach and proceeded to drag him through the yard, according to Davis County Animal Care and Control Director Clint Thacker. The incident occurred near 1100 South State in Clearfield.

“I heard that there were some intestines that came out,” he said. “It was a through-bite that tore into the inner part of the child — the actual cavity. It didn’t just break the skin; it punctured into the bowels.”

The boy had broken ribs in addition to serious gashes over one eye, on his side and on his stomach, according to Thacker. He said one of the boy’s ears was almost completely removed. No one saw the attack, but the boy’s mother came out of the house and saw the dog on top of the boy after it happened.

The boy was transported to Primary Children’s Hospital by ambulance and AirMed, according to Thacker. He said the boy was taken into surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.

Read more: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=32151017&nid=148&fm=most_popular&s_cid=popular-2


14-year-old girl sent to hospital after Pit Bull attack

POSTED 11:07 PM, JULY 15, 2014, BY

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — A teenage girl is recovering after a Pit Bull attacked her Tuesday night.

Cottonwood Heights Police said at about 9:15 p.m. the 14-year-old girl was attacked by a Pit Bull chained to a tree in the front yard of 7100 South and 3050 East.

Authorities said the dog injured the teen’s face and leg.

Read more: http://fox13now.com/2014/07/15/teenage-girl-sent-to-hospital-after-pit-bull-attack-police-say/


Animal control captures dog involved in livestock attack

Written by on June 10, 2014

LAVERKIN – A pit bull has been taken into custody by animal control after being involved in an alleged attack on livestock Monday.

Members of the LaVerkin Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of three pit bull dogs attacking a cow in the area of 130 North 300 West Monday morning, according to a statement from LaVerkin Police Chief Ben Lee.

When officers arrived at the scene they found a pit bull in a field attacking a cow. Both animals were “covered in blood.” The cow had been cornered by the dogs, according to the statement. The cow’s owner was contacted and the injuries to the cow is currently unknown. No other livestock were reported as having been attacked.

Read more: http://www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2014/06/10/mgk-animal-control-captures-dog-involved-livestock-attack/#.VRGwUvnF-KU


Pit bull attack hospitalizes 6-year-old Salt Lake City boy

By , Deseret News – 2/13/15

SALT LAKE CITY — A 6-year-old boy has been hospitalized after an attack by a neighbor’s pit bull.

April Hancock said she was watching out a window Wednesday evening as her son, Wyatt Abraham, was playing soccer in a neighbor’s yard and the dog snapped its chain. The dog’s owner wrestled the animal off, but released it as Wyatt began to run away, and the dog attacked again, Hancock said.

Wyatt was severely bitten on his face, requiring hours of reconstructive surgery, and another surgery is scheduled for deep puncture wounds to his arm.

“I figured, ‘The owner’s outside. He’ll be OK,'” Hancock said. “His whole lip was torn off. You could see his gums and his teeth, and it was in pieces. His cheek was hanging off. He was missing a little piece of his arm.”

Wyatt is also wearing a neck brace in case of a possible fracture, Hancock said. He will remain at Primary Children’s Hospital for at least two weeks and will require speech therapy.

Officers from Salt Lake County Animal Services responded to the home near 500 South and 1000 West, and the owner voluntarily surrendered the dog, according to an animal services spokeswoman. The dog, which has no recorded history of attacks, was euthanized.

Read more: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865596448/Pit-bull-attack-hospitalizes-6-year-old-Salt-Lake-City-boy.html


Ogden police shoot dog that allegedly charged officers

By Pat Reavy – 3/8/15

OGDEN — Ogden police shot a dog Saturday after two officers said it charged at them while they were conducting a separate investigation.

Three officers were called to a residence at 165 17th Street about 8:40 p.m. on a report of some type of disturbance. Moments after the officers had finished their investigation and were walking away, a pit bull managed to slip out the door, said Ogden Police Lt. Will Cragon.

As of Sunday, there was no indication that the dog was purposely let out of the residence, he said.

The dog immediately charged at one of the officers and pinned him against a telephone pole, Cragon said. Another officer shot at the dog. The dog then focused his attention on a third officer who attempted to use a Taser, but it did not stop the animal.

Read more: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=33744427




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