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In several states, leash laws have been enacted that ensure dogs' safety when tethered 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 leash 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

Aug 20, 2014 Monique Lowther
Aug 20, 2014 Alexandra Tabler
Aug 20, 2014 Samantha Jones
Aug 19, 2014 Angela Howard
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please sign this bill. People who are inhumane to animals are often inhumane to one another!!
Aug 18, 2014 be olivares
Aug 18, 2014 Manel Dias
Aug 18, 2014 Asbjørn Frisvold
Aug 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 18, 2014 Lauren Lunde
Aug 18, 2014 Yuki Mueller
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 17, 2014 june harty Please implement leash laws to prevent dogs being left out in extreme weather, without food, water or proper shelter.Use your influence within the USDA to ensure no dog will have to endure sub par conditions and physical trauma due to improper tethering.
Aug 17, 2014 Jane Jolivette
Aug 17, 2014 Laurel Stanley Would YOU want to be tied up in the freezing cold weather.. Show some compassion please!! And don't say "They're just dogs".. They're "mans" best friend and you wouldn't do that to your best friend.. They're part of your family..
Aug 17, 2014 Mrs. Jane A Lemison
Aug 17, 2014 susanne guerrero It breaks my heart to think that a dog would be tethered in such a way as to not allow it to seek shelter from the sun. Worse yet, a dog chained and left in the unforgiving Pennsylvania cold. Leash laws are imperative to protect our sweet dogs!
Aug 17, 2014 Chandra Summitt everyone please sign and pass on FOR THE LIVES OF LOVING PETS
Aug 17, 2014 Max Moller
Aug 17, 2014 Donna Dunbar
Aug 17, 2014 Jeannie Smith
Aug 17, 2014 Alice Visinaiz
Aug 17, 2014 betsy cousins-coleman
Aug 17, 2014 shirley hirsh
Aug 17, 2014 Kim Wojtonik
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please support legislation that requires humans to treat dogs with care they deserve. Being chained out in all sorts of weather/temps is not humane!
Aug 17, 2014 Matthew Lee
Aug 17, 2014 Judy Brennan
Aug 17, 2014 Elisabeth Perrin
Aug 17, 2014 Deborah Berens This is such a simple law to pass that would change the fate of many dogs. Please seriously consider implementing a tethering law for your state. Thank you
Aug 17, 2014 Sheila Marquis There is no excuse to delay this at all. It is beyond belief that has not already been done. Appalling and shocking!!
Aug 17, 2014 Terri Henry
Aug 17, 2014 Darlene Givens
Aug 17, 2014 Marilyn Sieck
Aug 17, 2014 Dan Faulkner
Aug 17, 2014 Katharina Adcock
Aug 17, 2014 Wendy Hinrichs
Aug 17, 2014 Susan Stiles-Giello
Aug 17, 2014 Candace Carnicelli Not protecting animals says much about the type of people we are. No animal should be allowed to suffer in inclement weather - or without sufficient food/drink. Protect them! Support Pennsylvanians in being their moral best to their furry friends.
Aug 17, 2014 Suzan Caylen
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) We have a moral responsibility to treat ALL living things humanely
Aug 17, 2014 Laura Lesieur I have seen this in Pennsylvania. Please do something for these helpless creatures!
Aug 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) They should put leashes on the people that are doing this to dogs and see how they like being left out in extreme cold, without food and water.
Aug 17, 2014 C Moore
Aug 17, 2014 Sharon Klakken
Aug 17, 2014 Richard Jakubec
Aug 17, 2014 Georgan Gregg
Aug 17, 2014 Candice Laurence
Aug 17, 2014 ilyse fein
Aug 17, 2014 Jeanne Jackson

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