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Serving Philadelphia and Buck, Montgomery and Chester Counties
Pennsylvania dog bite laws can be complex and difficult to understand. This is especially true in the wake of a serious dog attack when you are more concerned about your health and your family than the legalities of your rights.
Jeffrey Harlan Penneys is a Philadelphia dog bite lawyer with 20 years of experience in helping injury victims. He will not only help you understand dog bite statutes, he can also help you settle your case and get the compensation you need and deserve. Call 215-987-3550 (office) or 215-771-0430 (cell) to learn more or to schedule a private, complimentary consultation.
While speaking to an experienced Pennsylvania dog bite attorney is the single best way to understand your case from a legal perspective, knowing the basics of state dog bite laws can help you protect your rights. Below, we’ve compiled a simplified list of PA dog bite laws:
- All Pennsylvania dog owners must control their dogs at all times. This means that a dog should either be safely confined on the dog owner’s property, secured by a leash or chain, or under the reasonable control of a person. There are exceptions for dogs that are lawfully hunting, on exhibition, or field training.
- You may kill a dog that is actively endangering others. If you see a dog in the act of pursuing or wounding or killing any domestic animal, including household pets, or pursuing, wounding or attacking human beings, you can kill that animal without breaking any laws or being held liable for damages. In addition, anyone who has been attacked by a dog, or who has had a pet attacked by a dog, may file a complaint to have the dog registered as “dangerous.”
- Dangerous dogs must be insured and contained. Not only is it a crime in Pennsylvania to harbor a dangerous dog, but an owner must post a surety bond for $50,000 (or buy an insurance policy) and the dog must be properly enclosed unless muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash while under physical restraint of a responsible person. The law does not apply if the injury victim was trespassing on the dog owner’s property, attempting to commit a crime, or tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog.
- Dog owners may be held liable for any damage caused by their negligence. Generally, dog owners are legally responsible for the behavior of their dogs. In most dog bite cases, the dog’s owner will be required to pay all medical bills and related future medical bills of the personal injury victim, as well as lost wages associated with a dog bite or dog attack. Sometimes the dog’s “keeper,” or the person who was taking care of the animal at the time of the dog attack, may be held liable.
- A landlord may be liable for a dog bite injury. This law states that if a landlord knows that a tenant owns a dangerous dog, and if the landlord has the right to control or remove the animal from the property, he or should may be held liable for any injuries the dog causes while on the property.
- If a dangerous dog attacks someone else, the dog’s owner could be guilty of a second-degree misdemeanor. If a dangerous dog, through intentional, reckless, or negligent conduct of the dog’s owner or keeper, attacks a person or a domestic animal, the dog’s owner or keeper is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. The dangerous dog will be immediately seized by a dog warden or police officer and placed in quarantine. After a period of ten days, if the dog owner does not file an appeal, the dangerous dog will be put to sleep. If an appeal is filed, the dangerous dog shall remain confined until the proceedings are completed and, if found guilty of the cited offense, the dangerous dog is put down.
- If a dangerous dog causes severe injury or death to a human, the dog’s owner could face a first-degree misdemeanor. A dog owner that allows a dog to aggressively attack and cause severe injury or death of a human through intentional, reckless, or negligence shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree. The dog shall be immediately confiscated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and placed in quarantine. After a period of ten days, if the dog owner does not file an appeal, the dangerous dog will be put to sleep. If an appeal is filed, the dangerous dog shall remain confined until the proceedings are completed and, if found guilty of the cited offense, the dangerous dog is put down.
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It is common to be unsure about whether you have a valid dog bite insurance claim, even after you have read the Pennsylvania dog bite statutes and laws. Philadelphia dog bite attorney Jeffrey Harlan Penneys is here to listen to your story, analyze the evidence of your case, and explain your best options for legal action.
To better understand the legal aspects of your dog bite case, and to take the first step toward securing fair compensation, call Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. today. He makes his phone numbers, 215-987-3550 (office) or 215-771-0430 (cell), available to injury victims and their families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call today or fill out our online contact form and we will call get back with you as soon as possible.