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In several states, tethering laws have been enacted that ensure dogs' safety when tied to a solitary object. The laws were passed as a result of many instances in which dogs had been left outside in extreme weather, chained with unsafe or harmful collars and leashes, and left without water or food.

Pennsylvania has yet to implement leash laws. With its extreme weather during both summer and winter, dogs need the protection from being left out in severe conditions. An initiative in 2010— if it had passed— would have made it illegal in Pennsylvania to leave a dog out in extremely hot or cold weather, as well as to leave it without water or food.

Sign the petition asking Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to add his support to new legislation that will require that dogs be treated humanely when tethered.

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Dear Secretary Vilsack,

Pennsylvania is just one state that has yet to implement tethering laws for dogs. We need these laws because there have been instances in which dogs were left out in extreme weather, without food, water, or proper shelter. This is simply inhumane and needs to be outlawed immediately.

Pennsylvania needs to outline standards for tethering a dog to a solitary object. All of the following should be included in any potential legislation:

· Food and water must be within reach of the dog
· The dog must have access to shade of some kind
· Leashes and collars must be up to standard
· Weather must not be extreme

Please use your influence within the USDA to ensure no dog will have to endure sub-par conditions and physical trauma as a result of being improperly tethered.


Petition Signatures

May 6, 2016 Julie Hampel
May 6, 2016 Gwen Edgett
May 5, 2016 Christine Henri
May 5, 2016 Aarahwanna Roe It's just basic commonsense!
May 5, 2016 Sabrina Anders
May 5, 2016 Kristi Martin
May 5, 2016 Nina Carey
May 5, 2016 Dana Norton
May 5, 2016 Yahaira Lopez
May 5, 2016 Sherri Wiegman
May 5, 2016 Martha Martinez
May 5, 2016 Anja Mielke
May 5, 2016 linda kolby
May 5, 2016 Isolde Godman
May 5, 2016 Marion Weston
May 4, 2016 Anne Carlson
May 4, 2016 Jennifer Rider
May 4, 2016 Akiko Kimura
May 3, 2016 Olya Almazova
May 2, 2016 Judith Rasor What takes so long?? This should have never STARTED!! I have pets and have lived in places with extreme cold; the first things we bring in is out PETS!! Get a clue you people with animals up in the northern states. U don't deserve 2/have them if u/don't
Apr 30, 2016 Brian Johnson
Apr 30, 2016 Michelle Peeples
Apr 30, 2016 Jennifer Rhoads
Apr 28, 2016 Ann Erbacher Grey
Apr 28, 2016 Valeria Santos
Apr 28, 2016 Jessica Robinson
Apr 28, 2016 bonnie e
Apr 27, 2016 Mary Best It's time 2 start treating dogs humanly & as the best friends of man that they r.
Apr 27, 2016 Gina Goff
Apr 27, 2016 sandy GONCAROVS
Apr 27, 2016 Dianne Dungay
Apr 27, 2016 Linda Ehrlich
Apr 27, 2016 Carol Schaffhausen
Apr 27, 2016 William Weaver
Apr 27, 2016 Terri OBlisk
Apr 26, 2016 Kaye Porter
Apr 26, 2016 Charlene Novak
Apr 25, 2016 Rebecca Lincoln
Apr 25, 2016 Judith Gray
Apr 25, 2016 Ellen E Wilson Step up PA!
Apr 25, 2016 Mark Warren
Apr 24, 2016 Monika Pellegrini
Apr 24, 2016 Carolyn Sharpless If your dog lives on a chain, you shouldn't have a dog! Ban tethering altogether!!
Apr 24, 2016 Susan Brittain Pennsylvania makes me sick. I will never come there or have a Vacation there till you change this Properly!
Apr 24, 2016 Olivia Butterworth
Apr 24, 2016 B. L. JONES Tethering should be outlawed, PERIOD. If you refuse to find a way to keep a dog indoors or to offer it adequate protective housing outdoors, THEN YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE A DOG.
Apr 24, 2016 Алексей Жезлов
Apr 24, 2016 Lena Jalke-Fehrm
Apr 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2016 Betina Estevez

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