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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

Sep 25, 2016 lia onda
Sep 24, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Sep 23, 2016 Isabel Owen
Sep 23, 2016 zana midmore
Sep 23, 2016 Kim Fox
Sep 23, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 23, 2016 Laura Valentine
Sep 23, 2016 DeLisa Fields
Sep 23, 2016 Dona Anderson
Sep 21, 2016 Mary Jacob
Sep 21, 2016 inmaculada sanchez raya
Sep 20, 2016 Frances Bathory This is a state level crime, what the hell is agriculture doing or can do in any matter involving dogs. I don't believe you are even involved with farm animals. You support corn for high fructose to make ppl diabetic, need meds, thus help big pharma
Sep 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 20, 2016 Joan Yanicke
Sep 19, 2016 Penny Mackenzie
Sep 19, 2016 Eliza Duncan
Sep 18, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Nancy Riches I will never visit PN until this stops. We hat a cruel,sadistic,ignorant practice to allow
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed) Tell The USDA To Stop Supporting Tethering Laws in Pennsylvania!!!
Sep 16, 2016 Camryn Lee Maybe it's time to show a more enlightened approach and stop animal cruelty. Can you manage to do that or are you too busy planning your next vacation?
Sep 16, 2016 PJ Masters
Sep 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2016 Tatum Connor
Sep 16, 2016 Kam Garner Are you serious? Let's have basic human decency here and implement decent tethering laws for dogs!
Sep 14, 2016 Jennifer Friend
Sep 14, 2016 Isabelle D agostino
Sep 13, 2016 Shannon Kelly
Sep 12, 2016 Jenna Harris
Sep 12, 2016 Anne Defays
Sep 12, 2016 debra Goldstein Lustig
Sep 12, 2016 Bob Brucker
Sep 11, 2016 Brenda White
Sep 10, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 10, 2016 Melissa Suarez
Sep 9, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 8, 2016 Deanna Lawshe
Sep 8, 2016 Herbert Erdmenger
Sep 8, 2016 Denise Cronin
Sep 8, 2016 Danielle Frankenfield
Sep 8, 2016 maria simonette
Sep 7, 2016 Lisa Scharin I have tried to help some dogs that were left outside in ALL kinds of weather! Animal Control is useless in many cases! Dogs are pack animals & want to be part of the family! They should be inside in bad weather, in winter especially! Dogs deserve that!
Sep 7, 2016 Diane Nemeth
Sep 7, 2016 John Berkland
Sep 7, 2016 Franca Faustini
Sep 7, 2016 Susan Lindsey
Sep 7, 2016 Albert D'Alessandro You were from PA Please Help
Sep 7, 2016 Olga Espinosa
Sep 7, 2016 Ken Martin
Sep 7, 2016 Cecilia Barea
Sep 7, 2016 Stanley Fistick

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