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Attack By An Unleashed Dog In PA - It Could Happen To You


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3/20/2013
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As I was leaving a friend's house in Northeast Philly last week, I saw a neighbor's dog dart out of the gate in front of the house and run into the street.  I could not see what type of dog it was, but it looked like a pit-bull mix and it was running straight at me.

At the same time, the owner ran out of the house yelling for the dog to stop.  As the dog neared, I tried to get in my car but couldn't find my keys.  So I just stood very still as the dog ran up to me and began jumping up on me and smelling me.

The owner then yelled, "he is very friendly, he won't bite."  I still did not make any sudden movements until the owner got the dog.  When the owner finally grabbed and leashed the dog, he apologized.  He also said that the lock on the gate is broken and that was why the dog ran out into the street.  The dog apparently ran out many times before.

As I got in my car and drove away, the personal injury lawyer in me could not help but think the situation could have been very different.  If I didn't stay still and started running, the dog could have chased and attacked me.  If I had my sons with me, my sons could have yelled very loudly to startle and provoke a dog attack.  These are situations I hear about all the time when helping dog bite victims.

In this situation, if I was attacked and injured, the owner may be responsible for my dog bite.  In Pennsylvania, there is a "leash law" that requires dogs to be under proper and adequate control, i.e., confined to the owner's property or maintained within reasonable control. See related article: What You Need To Know If You Were Attacked And Injured By An Unleashed Dog In Pennsylvania

Moreover, the dog owner knew that the gate lock was broken and that his dog previously escaped many times.  Therefore, the owner did not keep his dog under proper and adequate control.

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