Your Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Injury Lawyers – Beware of Dog Signs

Date: May 10, 2012
Posted In: Serious Injury

Dogs are the number one pet in the United States.  They are everyone’s best friend.  Although most dogs will never bite anyone, certain breeds can be more dangerous than others.  All dogs can have the propensity to bite, especially when they are confronted by strangers or when they perceive their owners may be in danger.  As dog owners you must remember to keep your dog leashed and confined to your property.  Keep in mind that a Beware of Dog sign may not be enough to insulate you from liability even if someone comes onto your property.  If  someone legally enters your property and is bitten by an unconfined dog, you may still be responsible for the bite even with a Beware of Dog sign.  

The best way to prevent a dog bite is to have your dog confined to an area away from where visitors will enter your property.  If you have guests over to your home, allow time for your dog to become familiar with them before taking it off of the leash.  If there are any doubts as to the dog’s temperament, simply keep it away from your guests.  Remember, dogs are a lot of fun but are also a lot of responsibility.  So always err on the side of caution and enjoy your four legged friend.

David Smacchi
David is a native of the Wyoming Valley and graduated from Pittston Area High School in 1990. He is a 1994 graduate of Penn State University and a 1999 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law. David practiced law at DLP in its Kingston office since August of 1999, and he has been a Partner in the firm since January of 2007.