Should PA Follow New Jersey’s Lead re: Dangerous Dog Attacks?

Posted on: December 22nd, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

A December 15, 2011 article on highlighted the new “get tough” laws being proposed in New Jersey to place more accountability on dangerous dog owners. The New Jersey Sentencing Counsel is considering new laws which would:

1. Ensure that irresponsible dog owners who put the public at risk are banned from owning/harboring dogs
2. Euthanize dogs adjudicated to be dangerous dogs
3. Require compensation be paid to victims

Owners of dangerous, non-confined dogs that injure people in a public place could face up to 2 years in jail under new guidelines for judges. In 2010, almost 1,200 dangerous dog owners were sentenced for offenses which would be covered under the proposed new laws. Anyone using an animal as a weapon to attack someone can be cited for criminal assault.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a dog bite attack, please contact Thomas J. Newell at 800-980-4842 to set up a free home consult. Attorney Newell has been representing PA personal injury victims since 1981. Please visit his website of for more info on the PA Dog Law.