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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

Dec 22, 2014 Cyntia Mattera Please enforce the Tether law to protect dogs living outdoors. To my, why even have a dog if you are going to just leave it outside? Dogs are pack animal's and LOVE and need companionship!!!
Dec 22, 2014 john sycamnias
Dec 22, 2014 Liz Zervas
Dec 21, 2014 Kim Sellon
Dec 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 21, 2014 maria kljuce
Dec 20, 2014 Shirley Green it is so cruel to tether dogs. Imagine how you would feel if it were you!!
Dec 20, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 19, 2014 debora young
Dec 19, 2014 Tammy LeMaster
Dec 19, 2014 Michelle Clemas
Dec 19, 2014 carole hagen
Dec 19, 2014 APRIL FOXWELL
Dec 19, 2014 Lily McCoy
Dec 19, 2014 Julie Helms
Dec 18, 2014 suzan caylen
Dec 18, 2014 Tess Dunlap
Dec 18, 2014 Shirley Elliott
Dec 18, 2014 Nadine Brundage
Dec 18, 2014 Gina Sinnott
Dec 18, 2014 Nadine Wolff
Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 shannon williams
Dec 17, 2014 Vilma Cardoso
Dec 17, 2014 Trainia Nelson
Dec 17, 2014 Patti Hungate
Dec 17, 2014 Christina Corser
Dec 17, 2014 Marci Plant
Dec 17, 2014 Lori Shimabukuro
Dec 17, 2014 Debra Shepard
Dec 17, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 17, 2014 monica chirnoaga
Dec 17, 2014 Marilyn Martin
Dec 17, 2014 Gayla Yates Gordon
Dec 17, 2014 Jeremy Ezerzer
Dec 17, 2014 Sanna Ohlin
Dec 17, 2014 Sharon Wolfe
Dec 17, 2014 Jeanne Peters
Dec 16, 2014 Kristen Corne
Dec 16, 2014 Roberta ross
Dec 16, 2014 Tina Gebhard
Dec 16, 2014 Steve Lazley
Dec 16, 2014 Tina Bryner
Dec 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2014 Donna Nelson
Dec 15, 2014 (Name not displayed) please pass this to protect helpless animal
Dec 15, 2014 TIM Seddon Sr
Dec 15, 2014 Katia Keresztes "We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and we have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form." - William Ralph Inge
Dec 15, 2014 Gina Marchel Please sir, end this inhumane treatment of our precious dogs in Pennsylvania!!!
Dec 13, 2014 Stacey Thompson

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