Chicago’s Pit Bull Problems: A Solution for PA?

Posted on: January 17th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

On Jan. 18, 2012, Chicago’s City Council will yet again visit the dangerous dog issue its residents have been dealing with for years. On Jan. 02, 2012, a jogger in a public park was viciously attacked by 2 pit bulls. A bystander used a bat to try to stop the attack and police officers fatally shot both pit bulls to end the mauling.

The pit bull attack victim was hospitalized in critical condition. The pit bull owner was cited for failing to restrain his dogs and not having dog licenses, with the only punishment being fines. The Chicago politicians will be having hearings to decide how to reduce these vicious dog attacks. Should they ban certain breeds? Should jail time be part of the punishment for dog owners who own dogs running loose in the community and cause serious injuries to people?

The Chicago City Council will be examining laws in other cities/states. This author hopes that the Pennsylvania Legislature will follow suit and thoroughly investigate this health and safety epidemic. Attorney Newell represents dog bite victims throughout Pennsylvania. He currently has clients injured in dog attacks in 9 different counties in PA.

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