Do you know that every year millions of people are victims of dog bites? Record shows that about 800,000 of people bitten result in injury. For victims of dog bites, it is important to understand laws about this issue in your state.

A basic understanding of dog bites law will go a long way to determine whether you can file claim to collect damages, or just compensation for your injuries. These payments are designed to repay you for expenses incurred covering medical costs and wages you lost due to your injuries.

Important features of the law include:

  1. Every state requires dogs at three months of age or older to be licensed from the County Treasurer.
  2. Dogs must be under control and not be allowed to run around.  Dogs placed under their personal care make owners are responsible for damages caused by their pets.
  3. Mistreating or abusing any animal is against the law.  Any violations must be reported to a local humane organization or the police.
  4. It is illegal to abandon or try to abandon any dog.
  5. The law does not allow battering, selling, trading or transferring of dog less than eight weeks.
  6. Any toxic, poisonous or harmful substances are not allowed in any place where they may be easily found and eaten by dogs whether you are the owner property or someone else.
  7. Only a total of 26 or more dogs in any one calendar year is allowed by a person to managed and operate a facility for boarding, giving away, harboring, keeping, selling and sheltering  that also requires an updated current kennel license.
  8. Owners of 3 months of age or older dogs and cats are required to have a current rabies vaccination. It is unlawful to intervene with any Pa Department of Agriculture officer or employees who are engaged in enforcement of dog laws.

Responsibilities of the Dog Law Enforcement Office are as follows:

  1. enforcing & controlling licensing dogs;
  2. enforcing kennel licensing & inspections;
  3. investigating dog bites;
  4. seizing and detaining any dog running at large;
  5. reimbursing individuals for damages done by dogs livestock, poultry & domestic game birds;
  6. establishing and enforcing quarantine of dogs in certain areas;
  7. providing funds for counties and humane organizations to establish dog control facilities; and
  8. providing educational services of Pa dog ownership in enforcing the Pennsylvania Rabies Law.

Buyers of dogs in Pa are assured that their new four-legged pal has a clean bill of health. Dog breeders and sellers must place a visible notice informing customers of the state’s Protection Act for Dog Purchaser also known as Puppy Lemon Law.  Breeders and sellers must be provided a written copy of the rights of consumer at the time of the sale. Get more information on Puppy Lemon Law, or to file a complaint, visit the Office of the Attorney General, Bureau of Consumer Protection

Dog bites for various reasons and are common occurrences. If you’re facing legal action because your pet bit someone or you are the unlucky victim of a dog bite, your best option is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area.