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What are the laws concerning keeping dangerous breeds of dogs in Urban areas in PA
I just went through this with my local police and our counties dog warden over a dangerous boxer coming into my unfenced yard and attempting to attack my 3 year old son, when I produced a knife and was defending my self, yard, and son the bitch next door called the cops.
Summary:** These statutes*represent Pennsylvania's Dog Law, and contain provisions related to licensing, rabies quarantines,*kennels, and the dangerous dog chapter.* The significant features of the law include a statewide leash requirement for dogs (Section 305) and provisions for "dangerous dogs" (Section 501 et.*seq.).* Under the latter, any person may kill any dog which he sees in the act of pursuing or wounding or killing any domestic animal, including household pets, or pursuing, wounding or attacking human beings, whether or not such a dog bears a required license tag.* There*is no liability on such persons in damages or otherwise for such killing.* Any person who has been attacked by a dog(s) may file a complaint to have the dog registered as "dangerous."* Not only is a crime in the*Commonwealth to harbor a dangerous dog, but an owner must post a surety bond*for $50,000 (can be an insurance policy) and the dog must*be*proper enclosed*unless*muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash while under physical restraint of a responsible person.* The article does not apply if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the dog, or was tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog or has, in the past, been observed or reported to have tormented, abused or assaulted the dog, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
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