HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a bill better protecting the public from dogs shown to have caused severe injury. In PA, a dog can cause severe injuries without provocation and still not be considered dangerous under state law. Currently, a victim, the state dog warden, or a police officer may file a complaint with a district judge charging the dog owner with the summary offense of harboring a dangerous dog. In addition, it must be demonstrated that the dog has a violent history or propensity to attack. Senate Bill 798 would require that victims or authorities prove in court that the dog inflicted serious injury without provocation to secure a conviction. The legislation also raises the annual registration fee for a dangerous dog to $1,000 from the current $500.