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7 Pa. Code § 27.9. Control of dangerous dog outside of enclosure.

§ 27.9. Control of dangerous dog outside of enclosure.

 (a)  General conditions. A dangerous dog is not permitted to be outside the required enclosure described in §  27.8 (relating to required enclosure for dangerous dog) unless the dog is muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain or leash and under the 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 be constructed to prevent the dog from biting a person or animal or from destroying property with its teeth.

 (b)  Substantial chain or leash defined. As used in subsection (a) and section 504-A of the act (3 P. S. §  459-504-A), a ‘‘substantial chain or leash’’ is a chain or leash with a minimum tensile strength of at least 300 pounds and a maximum length of not more than 3 feet.

 (c)  Responsible person defined. As used in subsection (a) and section 504-A of the act, a ‘‘responsible person’’ is the owner or a person acting at the direction of the owner who is physically able, through use of the chain or leash, to prevent the dangerous dog from escaping or causing damage to a person, animal or property.

Cross References

   This section cited in 7 Pa. Code §  27.7 (relating to general conditions of registration); and 7 Pa. Code §  27.8 (relating to required enclosure for a dangerous dog).



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