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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

Oct 24, 2014 Susannah Martin
Oct 24, 2014 donna crescioli
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Cook
Oct 24, 2014 Michelle Carden
Oct 24, 2014 Machteld Wierenga
Oct 24, 2014 Marie Bianchi
Oct 23, 2014 Holly Wright
Oct 23, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 23, 2014 Amanda Davis
Oct 23, 2014 Ellen M Pareent
Oct 22, 2014 Kim Smith
Oct 22, 2014 Cindy Walker
Oct 22, 2014 Tammy Baughan
Oct 22, 2014 jennifer Studer
Oct 22, 2014 Angelika Kempter
Oct 21, 2014 Virginia Pabst
Oct 21, 2014 pam forrester
Oct 21, 2014 Eugenia Capetillo
Oct 21, 2014 Caroline Maurinier
Oct 20, 2014 Sally Mann
Oct 20, 2014 tamara cloninger any person that leaves an animal outside in extreme weather DOES NOT NEED TO OWN AN ANIMAL.this is an act of cruelty and the owner/s should be punished accordingly.
Oct 20, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Oct 20, 2014 Maxane Goldstein
Oct 20, 2014 Patricia Sheehy
Oct 20, 2014 Roya Talezadeh
Oct 20, 2014 susannah st clair
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2014 Kimberly Riek I am against dogs being tethered and being left out in the cold without proper shelter. Dogs are abandoned when people move and they are considered personal property. Need stricter laws to protect those that can't speak (the animals)....
Oct 20, 2014 Susan Blasko
Oct 20, 2014 (Name not displayed) I am opposed to any inhuman treatment of any animals. Therefor I am against inhumane tethering of dogs. Please vote against this.
Oct 19, 2014 Kirsty Douglas
Oct 19, 2014 (Name not displayed) Humanity starts with a few Simple steps These are such small, Basic needs that should be a 'no-brainer'.
Oct 19, 2014 Creedance Austin
Oct 19, 2014 Carol Burney
Oct 19, 2014 Anne Siesener-Torres
Oct 19, 2014 Becky Isaac
Oct 18, 2014 dave perry
Oct 18, 2014 Bianca Coles
Oct 18, 2014 Lisa Haut
Oct 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 18, 2014 Jennifer Gaffney
Oct 18, 2014 Gina Freitas
Oct 18, 2014 Kirsten Hickey
Oct 18, 2014 Erica Jones
Oct 18, 2014 Anne Huggett
Oct 17, 2014 Donna Davis
Oct 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 17, 2014 Brenda Powell
Oct 17, 2014 Lisa Davis
Oct 17, 2014 sara taylor

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