Is Pennsylvania Doing Enough to Monitor “Dangerous Dogs?”

Posted on: November 16th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A November 8, 2010 article from noted the ever increasing list of Pennsylvania  dogs adjudicated to be “dangerous dogs” under the PA Dog Law. According to Tim Hahn of  the Times-News, there are currently 246 dogs on Pennsylvania’s “dangerous dogs” list.  Nicole Bucher of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture indicated that their agency is  attempting to update the list to include dogs whose owners have not registered their  dangerous dogs in violation of PA Law.

As a Pennsylvania dog attack lawyer, I have first-hand knowledge of the prosecution of  owners who harbor dangerous dogs. If there is a conviction, the owner of the dangerous  dog must do the following:

1.    Keep the dog confined within an approved enclosure;

2.    Post the premises with a clearly visible warning sign that there is a dangerous dog on the property;

3.    Conspicuously display a sign with a warning symbol that informs children of the presence of a dangerous dog;

4.    Permanently identify the dangerous dog by having a microchip implanted;

5.    Have the dangerous dog spayed or neutered at the dog owner’s expense;

6.    Obtain and maintain a liability insurance policy of at least $50,000.00;

7.    Pay an annual $500.00 fee for a dangerous dog certificate;

8.    Pay court-ordered restitution to any victim of the dangerous dog.

9.    If the dangerous dog is taken outside of the mandatory proper enclosure, the dog must  be muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain/leash and under the   physical restraint of a responsible person.

Hiring an experienced PA dog bite attorney is prudent when you or a loved one has been  seriously injured due to a dog bite attack. I have been representing Pennsylvania personal  injury victims for nearly 30 years. If you have suffered a serious dog bite wound please call me at 800-980-4842. I provide a free home consultation. My experience in representing  Pennsylvania dog bite victims is noted on my website –