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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Attack Laws – Leash Laws

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Dog attacks and dog bites usually occur because a dog is not confined properly. For example, a dog which has gotten loose from its owner’s yard is usually the catalyst for a dog attack or bite.

Under Pennsylvania’s Dog Law, dogs must be confined at all times. Section 459-305 of Pennsylvania’s Dog Law requires that dogs be either confined to the owner’s premises or otherwise secured by a collar, chain or other device to prevent straying.

The leash law, 3 P.S. Section 459-305, provides in its entirety:

It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep at all times such dog either:

1. confined within the premises of the owner,
2. firmly secured by a means of collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured, or
3. under the reasonable control of some person, or when engaged in lawful hunting, expedition or field training.

Pennsylvania cities and townships often have local ordinances which require leashes. For example, in Philadelphia, dogs must be kept on a leash which is no more than 6 feet in length.

Many owners simply fail to keep their dogs confined appropriately, which can increase the chances of a dog bite or dog attack. Dog attack victims often suffer severe and devastating injuries, both physical and emotional. Pennsylvania law allows dog attack victims to make claims against dog owners for medical bills and in some instances, pain and suffering damages. In many instances, a homeowners insurance policy will apply, providing much needed financial recovery for the victim.

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Published: August 12, 2012



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