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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

Jan 31, 2015 Chelsey Jordan
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed) would not like if done to you .
Jan 30, 2015 KRISTEN CORRIGAN Any idea how much the state could make in fines for felony animal cruelty? DUH PA, get it together
Jan 30, 2015 Laura Zarrella-Voorhis
Jan 30, 2015 suzanne charnock
Jan 30, 2015 John Warren
Jan 30, 2015 Tam Fenske
Jan 30, 2015 nikki mcginnis
Jan 30, 2015 Tatia Harding
Jan 30, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Kimberly Wagie
Jan 28, 2015 Elizabeth O'Connor
Jan 28, 2015 Janet Barden
Jan 28, 2015 Cathy Reynolds
Jan 28, 2015 Audrey Elicerio
Jan 28, 2015 Jessica Andrews
Jan 28, 2015 Jennifer Gage
Jan 28, 2015 Aase sømme
Jan 28, 2015 Roberta Sato
Jan 28, 2015 Linda Elgin
Jan 28, 2015 cynmae hester
Jan 28, 2015 Justin Dengler
Jan 28, 2015 Charlene Moody
Jan 28, 2015 Beatrix Janek-Oefelein
Jan 27, 2015 Christine Gutkowski It is unkind and thoughtless to leave a dog tethered and lonely .
Jan 27, 2015 Phyllis cafagna
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 27, 2015 hannah wilson
Jan 27, 2015 Angela mills
Jan 27, 2015 Tamara Bragg
Jan 26, 2015 Leslie Low
Jan 26, 2015 Jane Oberlander
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Bachmanek One day, I hope the idea of leaving a dog at the end of a leash will be a thing of the past.
Jan 26, 2015 Chanell Haggard
Jan 26, 2015 Michelle Welk
Jan 26, 2015 Linda Williams
Jan 25, 2015 Janina Grage
Jan 25, 2015 Judith O'Callaghan
Jan 25, 2015 DIANE MULHERN
Jan 25, 2015 Saxyn Piffath
Jan 25, 2015 Parke Battaglia
Jan 24, 2015 Pam Zaborowski
Jan 24, 2015 Diana Czuchta
Jan 24, 2015 Ellen Chung
Jan 24, 2015 Magali Frederic
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 23, 2015 Shannon Stevens
Jan 23, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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