Meadville Tribune

State News

August 10, 2013

SUNDAY ISSUE: Dangerous dogs

(Continued)

HARRISBURG — Finnerty reports from Harrisburg for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc.’s Pennsylvania newspapers, including The Meadville Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @cnhipa.

Charts

The state Department of Health does not keep track of how many people seek medical attention due to dog bites each year, an agency spokeswoman said. The insurance industry does though. According to Allstate, Pennsylvania had 165 claims for bites in 2012, the fifth-highest number in the nation.

Insurance companies paid out $4.5 million for dog bites in Pennsylvania, an average of $27,272 per dog bite.

Dog bites by county    2012    2013

Crawford    43    15

Mercer    6    13

Statewide    1,161    633

Source: Department of Agriculture. Note: Data only includes incidents handled by state dog wardens and does not include attacks investigated by local police or local animal control officers.

Pennsylvania Dangerous Dog Registry

A dangerous dog is one that has attacked, inflicted severe injury to, or killed a human being or a domestic animal without provocation while off an owner’s property. A dog is also considered dangerous if it was involved in committing a crime. It is unlawful for an owner or keeper of a dangerous dog to permit the dog to be outside the proper enclosure unless the dog is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash and under physical restraint of a responsible person. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any person or animal or from destroying property with its teeth.

Dangerous dogs by county:

Allegheny County: 7 (most in state).

Armstrong: 5

Chester: 5

Lancaster: 5

Northampton: 5

York: 5

Bucks: 5

Delaware: 5

Lehigh: 3

Westmoreland: 3

Butler: 2

Clearfield: 2

Mifflin: 2

Monroe: 2

Counties with one dangerous dog: Adams, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Lycoming, McKean, Montgomery, Perry, Schuylkill, Venango, Warren, Wayne.

Source: State Department of Agriculture.

Note: If a county is not listed above, it has no registered dangerous dogs.

 

Text Only
State News
  • Well inspectors trying to keep up during boom time

    The state’s 83 well inspectors face a daunting enough challenge keeping tabs on 120,000 active oil and gas wells that have been drilled over the last century.

    July 27, 2014

  • PennDOT seeking outside help to make bridge repairs

    State officials are poised to sign a massive deal that will enlist outside help to rebuild and maintain up to 600 bridges, marking the Corbett administration’s latest foray into privatizing key government functions.

    July 24, 2014

  • Gov. Corbett pressures lawmakers in pension fight

    Gov. Tom Corbett is ratcheting up pressure on the Legislature to reform the state’s pension system by focusing on how often school districts use tax increases to offset costs.

    July 22, 2014

  • Experts: Expanding coverage fuels doc shortage

    Pennsylvania’s health care system absorbed more than 300,000 new patients who signed up for insurance through Obamacare’s exchanges. But experts worry the system can’t handle another wave of patients, twice as large, should the state expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

    July 13, 2014

  • Jerry Sandusky’s son tells story to Oprah Winfrey

    Jerry Sandusky’s adult son is speaking out about what he says was sexual abuse by his father.

    July 8, 2014

  • Environmentalists criticize drilling-for-dollars plan in state forests and parks

    Pennsylvania’s just finished budget calls for raising almost $100 million by expanding leases for gas development in state forests — even though leases the state has already issued are far from tapped out.

    July 3, 2014

  • Pennsylvania House approves Republicans' $29.1B budget

    The Legislature voted late Monday to put a looming, $1.5 billion shortfall in its rearview mirror, with a deal to pass a $29.1 billion budget that increases state spending by 1.8 percent but doesn’t hike taxes.

    June 30, 2014

  • Food safety delivery concerns rise with fuel prices

    A few weeks ago state agriculture inspectors forced a trucker to toss 2,000 pounds of food in the garbage after finding the cargo had not been kept at safe temperatures.

    June 15, 2014

  • Tow truckers hope to put brakes on dispatch system

    Some tow truck operators are boycotting a computerized dispatch system put in place by state police, complaining that it’s confusing and leads to longer response times than when troopers and dispatchers manage a call.

    June 1, 2014

  • 'Economics' of state gubernatorial campaigns

    Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election campaign hailed April’s jobs numbers. Pennsylvania’s unemployment dipped to 5.7 percent — its lowest since 2008 and well below the national average of 6.3 percent.
    “The people of Pennsylvania elected me to Harrisburg on my promise of less taxes and more jobs, and we continue to see that promise ringing tr

    May 25, 2014