Pennsylvania’s Rabies Problem

Posted on: December 29th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

A December 20, 2011 article on highlighted the continued problem we face with rabies here in Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, PA ranked first in the United States for domestic animal rabies cases in 2010, 2009 and 2008. In 2010, Pennsylvania was ranked 5th for the total number of confined rabies cases in all animals.

The PA Department of Agriculture (PDA) identified 3 ways that rabies can be transmitted:

– a direct bite
– a scratch
– exposure to an open wound

In the year 2010, the PDA reported 410 rabid animals in Pennsylvania with 56 cats and 4 dogs among those identified.

Attorney Newell recommends that all dog/cat bite victims obtain a rabies vaccine injection unless they are able to verify that the attacking dog/cat was up to date with its rabies shots. If you would like a free home consultation with Attorney Thomas J. Newell after a dog attack, call 800-980-4842. His website – has additional information regarding medical issues common in dog bite attacks.