Freemansburg dog bite victim says Pennsylvania dog laws don’t do enough

Posted on: April 4th, 2014       Attorney Thomas Newell

Lehigh Valley Live 3/16/2014

Both Pfeiffer and Thomas Newell, a Bucks County attorney whose law practice focuses on representing dog bite victims, said even when dogs aren’t confiscated, their owners often get rid of them if they’re deemed a dangerous dog in Pennsylvania or a so-called potentially dangerous dog in New Jersey.

Pennsylvania also requires that signs be posted, a $500 annual fee be paid, as well as liability insurance coverage up to $50,000, Newell said.

“It’s very strenuous,” he said. “The dog is often put down for financial reasons or liability reasons or fear that the dog will bite again.”

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