Thomas J. Newell

Lethal Force Legal in PA to Stop Dog Attack


Perkasie, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/31/2014 -- A December 27, 2014 dog attack in Philadelphia, PA brought to the public's attention the issue of using lethal force to stop a PA dog attack. As reported on on 12/30/14, an unleashed Cane Corso attacked a Pekingese and its owner.

Witness Ryan Collerd told reporter William Bender that the Pekingese apparently suffered massive head and facial injuries. Its owner, an off-duty Philly police officer, fired multiple shots at the Cane Corso to stop the attack.


Section 459-501 of the PA Dog Law permits the killing of a dog while it is in the act of pursuing/wounding/killing an animal or human being. The PA Dog Law provides complete immunity to a person who reasonably acts to take this defensive action.


Pennsylvania dog bite lawyer, Thomas J. Newell reminds all dog owners to keep their dogs leashed and under the control of a responsible person. Reckless and/or negligent dog owners can be prosecuted by PA Dog Wardens if they violate the PA Dog Law.

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