Aug 8th Meeting for Pottsville’s “Dangerous” Dog Law

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pottsville PA City Council has announced that a second hearing on its proposed new “dangerous” dog ordinance will be held on August 8, 2011. The proposed law was put forth before the city residents after multiple pit bull attacks in Pottsville took place between June 22, 2011 and July 3, 2011.

Four of the 5 PA dog bite victims were 13 years old or younger. According to The Republican Herald, the Pottsville ordinance requires the owner of a “dangerous” dog to:

* Pay a registration fee of $250.00
* Provide proof of insurance to house the dangerous dog on the premises
* Have the dog spayed/neutered as well as microchipped with a permanent ID
* Confine the dog to a pen while outside
* Leash and muzzle the dog while it is being walked

After the ordinance is publicly read on Aug 8, 2011, the Pottsville PA City Council will hold a vote on whether to make the proposed ordinance law in the city limits. The bill does have a good chance of surviving any legal challenge as it is not breed specific. Attorney Thomas Newell would prefer a larger state-wide response to the pit bull attack epidemic versus a piecemeal city by city approach.

If you or a loved one have been seriously harmed in a Pennsylvania dog bite attack, please consider contacting Attorney Newell at 1-800-980-4842. He has 30 years of experience in representing PA personal injury victims. Call now for a free home visit. Please see his website of for more details.