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Dog Bites Are Frequent In Central Pennsylvania And The United States

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What duty do you believe a dog owner owes to the general public to make sure that the dog is not a danger? How often do you think they occur?

There are over 4.5 million dog bites in the United States each year. Almost 800,000 of these attacks require medical treatment. Over Half of these attacks involve children under 12. Pennsylvania ranks 5th in dog bites among the states. A study found that 46% of school age children are at some point bitten by a dog. Dog bites can cause permanent scaring. In Pennsylvania the owner of a vicious dog is liable for the injuries caused by the animal.

Under Pennsylvania law, a landlord may be liable for injuries caused by animals owned and maintained by the tenant when the landlord has knowledge of the presence of the dangerous animal and where he has the right to control or remove the animal by retaking possession of the premises. See Gallick v. Barto, 828 F. Supp. 1168, 1174 (M.D. Pa. 1993) (citing Palermo v. Nails, 483 A.2d 871, 873 (Pa. Super. Ct. 1984]).