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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

May 27, 2015 Sharon Curtis
May 27, 2015 Sara Hymowitz
May 27, 2015 Marci Turner
May 26, 2015 Cyndi Wood Dogs are part of our family. Think about taking them for a walk instead of tying them up. The rewards for both you & them is priceless!
May 26, 2015 Catherine Kuellmer Dogs are family. Dogs should not be tethered outside...it is cruel and legislation has to be passed to stop this in Pa.
May 26, 2015 patricia lutfy
May 26, 2015 Kelle Hankins This must stop immediately. It is unconscionable this state has allowed this to continue in any century let alone the 21st century.
May 26, 2015 Jessica Mayes
May 26, 2015 esther douglas
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed) We need laws for humans who are inhumane, thoughtless and cruel to animals.
May 25, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 25, 2015 Susan Paulsen
May 24, 2015 Lauren Stein
May 24, 2015 kate zabkiewicz
May 24, 2015 mary bowlby IF animals must be tethered, they need to be watched and fed and watered and STILL BE LOVED!
May 24, 2015 Jessica Hernandez
May 23, 2015 robin blanton
May 23, 2015 Cecelia Ivon
May 23, 2015 Alice Fewings
May 23, 2015 Jacqueline Tay
May 22, 2015 Meg Blanchard
May 22, 2015 Tami Fleming
May 22, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 22, 2015 Jonathan Deery
May 22, 2015 Joan Frost
May 22, 2015 Pamela Hengst Tethering is wrong and should never be used for more than a few minutes to complete a task. A tethered dog is at the mercy of other animals, cruel humans, and nature. Builds a fence, take the dog inside, or don't have a dog.
May 22, 2015 Jacqueline Wallace
May 22, 2015 judy johnston
May 22, 2015 Pamela Rouse
May 22, 2015 Taimi Anderson
May 22, 2015 Connie Nosker
May 22, 2015 kathy clark
May 22, 2015 Arlette Sharp
May 22, 2015 Kimberly Youngblood
May 21, 2015 Celeste Henderson
May 21, 2015 Collette Trudel
May 20, 2015 Janna Arrington
May 20, 2015 Kathie Boley
May 19, 2015 MARTHA HODGSON This is for the animals . Because the give love and companionship unconditionally.
May 19, 2015 julie attard
May 19, 2015 fabs nacka
May 19, 2015 Judy Zoerman
May 19, 2015 Teri Nix
May 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 19, 2015 David Sickles
May 18, 2015 marcia ditieri
May 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2015 Annemieke Morks
May 18, 2015 simone grant
May 18, 2015 (Name not displayed)

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