Hello again, Mike.
UT actually has a strict liability statute, meaning there are no defenses unless set out in the statute or you do are not an owner/keeper of the animal as defined in the statute. Here is the complete section of the statute which would apply typically:
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.
This means there is no comparative fault analysis normally, although the law does permit an injured party to sue under a negligence theory of law. If that is what the plaintiff here has alleged--negligence rather than strict liability, then their actions could be taken into account in determining or apportioning liability.
If the victim here did hit your dog, that would typically constitute evidence which would support an argument that they acted negligently and some fault should be apportioned to them.
Here is a link to the strict liability statute, which would normally be cited by a plaintiff in a civil case though, and it does not provide for any comparative negligence analysis:
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