We’ve all seen the “Dogs must be on leash at all times” signs. With all the signs around, it might be hard to find areas where dogs are allowed off their leashes. Are they allowed to be unleashed while walking in the neighborhood? Is it okay to have your dog unleashed if the dog is well-trained and under constant supervision? Here’s what you need to know about dog leash laws.

Leash Laws

Salt Lake County, UT Code states, “It is unlawful for the owner or handler of any dog… to allow such dog… at any time to run at large. The owner or handler of a dog… shall be liable in damages for injury committed by such dog…” While the word “leash” isn’t anywhere in code, “run at large” means that there is no restriction on the dog to keep them from running around. So, it is illegal to have your dog off its leash, even if you’re only walking in the neighborhood.

When it comes to parks, parks are allowed to set their own rules regarding dogs and other pets. If there is a sign that states that dogs must be on leashes, then your dog must be on a leash, even if your dog is well-trained. If you want your dog off a leash, there is an alternative.

Dog Parks

There are off-leash dog parks or parks with off-leash areas available around Utah, where you can legally play with your dog without a leash. Dog parks specifically are fenced areas where dogs are allowed to roam and play to their heart’s content, as long as their owner is nearby.

If you choose to go to a dog park, make sure to follow the dog park’s rules. They require that all dogs are up-to-date on their vaccines and registration, and you need to make sure that your dog is well-behaved, as other dogs will also be off their leashes.

If you get injured because of someone’s dog running at large, call us today. We know that dog bites can be extremely painful, and we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Photo copyright to Kristine Paulus

Russ Hymas
Managing Partner at Christensen & Hymas
Russ Hymas is the managing partner at Christensen & Hymas. He promotes awareness of legal issues and drives positive change in the cycling community.

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