If a dog has bitten a child or an animal and no medical care has been given on account of the biting dog, the animal may be dangerous to someone else until all treatment in regards to the bite or bites have been completed.
If the owner of a dog has left a dog anywhere without the use of a leash or harness, he is liable for all injuries resulting from such presence.
If a child has bitten a dog. the owner is liable to the child for the amount of the injury sustained by the child, plus a reasonable attorney fee if the owner has not already sued the child in any courts of competent jurisdiction.
If a dog has bitten another person who does not have an automatic license. the owner is liable for all injuries resulting from his presence on the premises.
What if my dog bites someone who does NOT have a license?
You may be legally liable for an injury caused by an animal on the premises if your dog bites a person who is violating the laws related to dangerous dogs and your dog is not on a leash or harness.
See a local attorney for more information on liability for dogs on the premises.
The following table summarizes the dog liability laws in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania State Laws pertaining to dogs: Pennsylvania State Law
(Article 1 of Chapter 9 of Title 30)
Liability Limitations & Fines Dog Law State of Pennsylvania
(Title 31, Chapter 15) Dog-Bite Laws,
Citizens and Law Enforcement Officers
Fines (up to $1,000 for bites from December 23, 2011 to December 31, 2014)
No-Liability Laws: State of Pennsylvania
(Title 31, Chapter 4, Article 4) Dog Bite-Law,
Dogs and Their Protection
Fines (up to $1,500 for bites from December 23, 2011 to December 31, 2014) Punishment Fines Dog Law Pennsylvania Class B, Level 1: Class B Dog Law Dog-Bite Law (Section 1701.) Punishment Class A: Class A Dog Law
(Class A, Level 2;
Class B, Level 1). Dog Law
(Articles 18, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 29, and 30) Dogs Law (Article 21.) Punishment Class A: Class A Dog LawPunishment Class B: Class B Dog LawD
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