PA Law Signed to Protect Service Dogs

Posted on: August 14th, 2012       Attorney Thomas Newell

An Aug. 6, 2012 report on discussed the signing of a new bill in Pennsylvania to protect service dogs used by people who are disabled.  House Bill 165 makes it a 3rd degree misdemeanor crime, with a fine of up to $5,000.00, if a dog attacks a service dog while performing its duties.

Additional financial penalties could be levied against the owner of the vicious dog for vet bills and the costs of retraining or replacing the service dog.  An Erie County dog bite victim was a persistent advocate for a bill such as this as her service dogs have been attacked over 6 times while working for her benefit.

If you or a family member have been injured in a PA dog bite attack, call 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consultation with Thomas J. Newell, Esquire.  Attorney Newell has represented dog bite victims in 14 different Pennsylvania Counties.  See his website: