|Posted:||June 9, 2017 09:35 AM|
|From:||Senator Andrew E. Dinniman|
|To:||All Senate members|
In the near future, I will introduce a bill aimed to address weaknesses in Pennsylvania’s current Dangerous Dog Law.
Pennsylvania’s existing Dangerous Dog Law features loopholes that allow first time offending dogs which have caused severe injury to move on with no restrictions or safety precautions for the public.
This legislation will create a new summary offense which will provide responding officers with a more comprehensive charge, which is easier to prosecute, in order to better protect our communities.
These concerns were recently brought to my attention through the unfortunate experience of a family in my district. A young boy received severe injuries to his face from, what the family said was an unprovoked dog attack. However, loopholes in the current dangerous dog law allowed the court to drop the charges.
The current PA Dangerous Dog Law creates difficulties for victims, whether they are human beings or another person’s animal, in requiring them to prove either a history of attacks or that the animal has a vicious propensity to attack, even in cases where severe injury has been caused.
Under my bill, owners of first time offending dogs which inflict severe injury will have to:
Introduced as SB816