On June 12, 2013, a 15 year old boy was attacked by a dog in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The boy was bitten on the hip by a pit bull that was running loose. This incident comes after another dog attack earlier this month, where an 8 year old boy was attacked by a neighbor's dog at the neighbor's front door. The dog owner opened the door, and the dog charged out and attacked the boy.
Apparently, this was the second dog attack in Wilkes-Barre this month. The other dog attack also involved a pit bull.
Authorities are working on locating the dog and its owner.
The dog owner in this situation may be found liable for the boy's injuries pursuant to Pennsylvania law. The Pennsylvania "leash law" requires dogs to be under proper and adequate control by the owner. The purpose of this law is to prevent dogs from running at large to protect the public's health and safety.
Under the law, the dogs must be confined to an owner’s property or maintained within reasonable control of the owner or another person.
In this situation, if the dog got loose due to a broken fence at the owner's home and the owner knew about the broken fence, he may be held liable for the boy's injuries. It can be argued that the dog owner knew that the fence was broken and that he knew the dog could escape and did nothing to fix the fence.
Another situation where the owner can be found liable is if he purposely did not put a leash on the dog while taking a walk with the dog. Because the dog was not under adequate control, the dog owner can be held liable.
Therefore, it is crucial for dog owners to keep their dogs on leashes when taking them out for walks even if they think their dogs won't run away. No one can predict what could provoke a dog to attack and bite.
Victims of dog attacks often suffer lasting traumatic physical and emotional injuries. If you were attacked by a dog and would like to know what you can do to recover for your injuries, contact Dan O'Brien @ 877.944.8396.
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