With summer officially started, paired with the months-long stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, people (and their pets) are escaping to the outdoors for some sense of normalcy and to rid themselves of cabin fever.
Across Pennsylvania, there’s been an uptick of people increasing outdoor time in both rural and urban settings. That means more chance for human/animal interaction and the risk of negative encounters with dogs. Young children are at a higher risk of dog attacks.
Pennsylvania’s dog law requires owners to have reasonable control over their dogs always. Generally speaking, an owner is liable for damages when a person is attacked by the owner’s dog–or if a person is attacked by what is considered a dangerous dog. There may be exceptions.