Archive for January, 2013

Attorney Newell Consulted After Berks County Dog Attack

Posted on: January 31st, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 29, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was contacted by a Berks County PA dog bite victim after he and his dog were attacked that same morning by a mixed breed dog.  The forty year old man was walking his German Shepherd on a leash in an open field when a pitbull/rottweiler mixed breed dog jumped over a 2 foot high fence and pursued them.

GERMAN SHEPHERD #3This vicious and unrestrained dog attacked the victim’s German Shepherd so severely that it suffered 10 different puncture wounds.  While trying to defend his dog, the Berks County dog attack victim was bitten on the left hand, and also injured his right wrist and right foot.

If you or a loved one have been attacked by a dog, call Attorney Newell at 800-980-4842 to arrange for a free home consultation for your PA dog bite case.  Details regarding 34 of his dog bite settlements can be found at

Fatal Berks County Car Crash

Posted on: January 28th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

A January 26, 2013 article in The Morning Call reported on a 1/25/13 fatal PA car accident on Route 100 in Hereford Township.  Pennsylvania State Police concluded that a 46 year-old Berks County PA resident made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic on Rt. 100 about 6 miles south of Emmaus.  He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown where he died a short time later.

AUTO CRASHThe driver of the other vehicle was a 42 year old woman from Gilbertsville PA.  The Montco auto accident victim apparently sustained serious injuries and was also taken to LV Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.  PA State Police continue to investigate this fatal car crash.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA car accident, contact Attorney Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842.  Put his 31 years of experience to work for you.  He provides a free home consultation.  Call 7 days a week.  Visit his website:




Tethered Pit Bull Kills 4 Year Old Boy

Posted on: January 25th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 19, 2013, a 4 year-old boy was mauled to death by a chained pit bull.  The Montgomery County, Texas resident had climbed over his backyard fence and into his neighbor’s yard.  There was a tethered pit bull that inflicted severe injuries to the small child.  The boy was medevaced to a Houston area hospital where he died that same evening.

PIT BULLAttorney Thomas J. Newell is a strong advocate of laws which drastically reduce the number of hours per day a dog can be tethered outside.  Numerous studies have proven that chained dogs become extremely aggressive and territorial.  Tethered dogs tend to view anyone on their property as the enemy and will attack without provocation.

Various townships in York County PA have passed anti-tethering legislation and Attorney Newell encourages more cities, towns and municipalities to do likewise.  For those that have been injured in a Pennsylvania dog mauling, call Thomas J. Newell, Esquire at 800-980-4842.  Put his 31 years of experience to work for you.  Visit his website:

Schuylkill County Pit Bull Owner Pleads Guilty

Posted on: January 21st, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 18, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received a phone call from an Ashland PA police officer that a Schuylkill County pit bull owner had pled guilty to a PA Dog Law citation. The failure to confine violation was based upon an Ashland PA dog attack which took place on November 24, 2012.

AMERICAN COCKER SPANIEL PUP #2A 63 year-old woman was walking her American Cocker Spaniel on a leash on the sidewalk adjacent to 9th Street. As she was waiting to cross the road, the defendant’s 2 pit bulls jumped the fence and began to pursue her and the little dog. As the PA dog attack victim tried to flee, she fell and suffered various facial injuries, including a deviated septum.

The PA dog attack victim first conferred with a Frackville PA law firm that then referred the personal injury case to Attorney Newell. Call 800-980-4842 today to set up a free home consultation with a Pennsylvania Dog Bite Attorney who has 31 years of experience. Visit his website:

Allegheny County Dog Mauling Death Criminal Case Concludes

Posted on: January 17th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 14, 2013, a McKeesport PA dog owner plead guilty to child endangerment after her 2 day-old son was mauled to death by the family’s pet Husky in February of 2012.  As described in the Pittsburgh Tribune, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Judge Edward J. Borkowski sentenced her to a total of 5 years of probation, as well as 6 months of house arrest.

HUSKY #4The Allegheny County dog attack victim was left alone in a baby carrier sitting on the floor of the living room while his mother was in another room.  She later heard the infant screaming and ran in to see her son covered in blood and the Husky nearby.  Litigation ensued over the fate of the vicious dog.  The Husky was ultimately sent to a sanctuary for dangerous dogs and former fighting dogs.

If you or a family member have been injured in a dog attack, call Thomas J. Newell, Esquire at 1-800-980-4842.  Attorney Newell provides a free home consultation anywhere in PA.  See his website:

Failure to Confine Conviction After Dauphin County Dog Attack

Posted on: January 14th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 10, 2013, District Justice Rebecca Jo Margerum found a negligent Dauphin County dog owner guilty of failure to confine his boxers in violation of the PA Dog Law.  Clifford A. Schaffner was also convicted of not having his 3 dogs licensed or properly vaccinated for rabies prevention.  Present at the hearing were Dauphin County Dog Warden Michael Zeigler, Attorney Thomas J. Newell, the 30 year-old victim and the defendant.

BOXERS - 3 DOGSThe uncontroverted testimony presented to the court was that the defendant’s 3 dogs were running loose on his property without any collars, leashes or other methods of restraint.  Mr. Schaffner admitted that he was in the house at the time of the attack and did not witness it.  After he heard the victim’s screams, Mr. Schaffner came out and saw the dogs “surrounding her.”  The negligent dog owner described the victim as being “distraught and scared.”  Attorney Newell provided the court with copies of the failure to confine statute, as well as a relevant Pennsylvania Superior Court decision.

Call 800-980-4842 to speak with Attorney Thomas J. Newell 7 days a week.  He has represented dog attack victims in 16 different counties.  See: for more information.

Hearing Set For Dauphin County PA Dog Law Charges

Posted on: January 7th, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On January 4, 2013, Attorney Thomas J. Newell received word that a 1/10/13 hearing date has been set for a Harrisburg area court appearance for 2 Dauphin County dog owners. Cliff Schaffner and Krista Sutton have been charged with PA Dog Law violations as a result of a November 21, 2012 unprovoked dog attack in Millersburg Pennsylvania.

BOXER - SINGLEA Fed Ex worker had been to the defendants’ home to deliver a package when she was attacked by their boxers that were running loose and unrestrained on the driveway. The Dauphin County dog attack victim has permanent scars from the dog bites. As of this date, the defendants have refused to provide Attorney Newell with their insurance information. Litigation is expected to commence shortly.

Call 800-980-4842 to set up your free home consultation with a Pennsylvania dog bite attorney. Thomas J. Newell, Esquire has represented dog bite victims in 16 different PA Counties. Visit his website:

Chalfont Dog Bite Victim Hires Attorney Newell

Posted on: January 3rd, 2013       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Dec. 31, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell was hired to represent a woman who was recently attacked by her neighbor’s male  dalmatian that was not neutered.   The dog was not on a leash, nor did it give the victim any warning prior to the unprovoked attack.

DALMATION #2The Bucks County dog attack victim has been treated by a Doylestown PA area physician and will be seeing specialists to treat her permanent scars and apparent nerve damage.  This is yet another example of a negligent dog owner who created a dangerous situation that was totally avoidable.

If you or a loved one have been mauled by a dog anywhere in PA, call Attorney Newell at 800-980-4842.  He provides a free home consultation to all of his PA dog bite clients.  Attorney Newell has represented Pennsylvania personal injury victims since 1981.  Visit his website: