PA Legislators Debate Bill For Service Dog Protection

Posted on: March 15th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives is currently debating proposed legislation that would give additional protection to service dogs. As described on, House Bill 165 would impose both civil and criminal penalties on PA dog owners if their dog kills or maims a service animal.

Typically, service animals such as seeing-eye dogs are trained to be obedient and docile and might not be able to defend themselves from an animal attack. Fines, jail time and restitution are the penalties offending dog owners would face.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite attack, you should hire a Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer to aggressively represent your legal interests. Please call me at 800-980-4842 to set up your free home consultation. My 30 years of experience representing Pennsylvania personal injury victims is detailed at