Attorney Newell Wins Dog Park Attack Case

Posted on: November 5th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Oct. 25, 2012, Attorney Thomas J. Newell won a significant legal battle in representing a York County dog bite victim.  The John Rudy Park is a part of the York County Park System.  They have a fenced-in dog park with signs instructing the patrons to unleash their dogs while they are in the enclosures.

In April of 2012, the York County dog attack victim was with her mixed breed bulldog when the defendant’s unsupervised pug mixed breed dog began fighting with another dog.  The plaintiff’s bulldog began to get involved in the fray.  She quickly separated him and began to put his leash on to take him to a different part of the dog park.

The defendant’s vicious pug attacked her from behind – biting her right arm several times.  A friend drove the PA dog bite victim to Memorial Hospital in York where stitches were needed to close the dog bite wounds.  She now has permanent scars and suffers from occasional tingling and numbness in her right arm and right hand.

The defendant’s renter’s insurance company initially claimed that their client was not legally responsible for the dog mauling since she followed the posted signs about unleashing her dog.  Attorney Newell forcefully argued that the defendant dog owner was in violation of Section 459-305 of the PA Dog Law since her dog was not properly confined and there is no specific exception in the law for dog parks.

The insurance carrier agreed that Attorney Newell’s interpretation of the PA Dog Law was correct.  They paid their liability policy limit, as well as their medical payment limit.  If you or a family member have been bitten by a dog in PA, call 800-980-4842 today to set up a free home consultation with Attorney Newell.  Put his 31 years of experience to work for you.  Visit his website: