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Tethering is a fairly common practice that can become incredibly dangerous for both dogs and humans when done irresponsibly. Letting a dog out into a yard on a lead to go to the bathroom is not going to cause any sort of harm, but far too often tethering is used as a way to keep a dog. Dogs that spend the majority of their time tethered are even categorized as "resident dogs" as opposed to "family dogs" [1] because of the distinct temperamental differences due to being tethered away from people.

Part of the danger with tethering is how easy it is to ignore. Dogs kept primarily on tethers tend to be far more anti-social than dogs raised with families indoors, with positive interaction. Tethered dogs, due to their isolation, are at a greater risk of attack humans. Over 76% of fatal dog attacks between 2000-2009 involved tethered "resident dogs," with a large number of the victims being children simply approaching the dog [1]. The psychological harm done to a dog through tethering is insidious and difficult to see until it's too late.

It isn't just psychological dangers to worry about either. Tethered dogs are also at risk for neck injuries, sores, collars growing into their skin, as well as being targets for bugs and parasites that endanger the dog's health [2]. In areas of extreme temperatures, dogs left outside without water or shelter can die within a few hours of being left outside. Leaving a dog tethered on the sidewalk or in the backyard during the summer is just as dangerous as leaving a dog in a hot car, something most states have laws against.

States like Texas, California, and Connecticut have enacted laws that allow tethering, but only for a "reasonable" period of time [3]. For example, Texas law states that "a reasonable period is one that does not exceed three hours in a 24-hour period," and is "no longer than is necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained." California's law reads similarly. Owners can tether, but for "no longer than is necessary for the person to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained for a reasonable period." Such simple guidelines allow for flexibility, but protects the animals that most need it.

By enacting a similar law, Pennsylvania would be saving the lives of potentially thousands of dogs, and protecting children and adults by reducing potential dangers. Sign now to tell Pennsylvania to enact tethering laws to protect animal and human lives alike!

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Dear Secretary Redding,

Pennsylvania has been one of the most vital states since the countries inception, helping to lead the country countless times through history, and taking the initiative to drive innovation and ideas. Yet, when it comes to protecting the lives of animals, Pennsylvania has fallen drastically behind. Instead of acting as a leader, Pennsylvania is now acting as a warning to other states.

Animal abuse is a sickening act that compounds violence in families and communities. With the FBI increasing its scrutiny and record keeping in regard to animal abuse, states have begun enacting simple, effective laws in order to reduce the abuse, and to protect innocent people from animal attacks. One of the most effective changes for states has been putting tethering laws into place.

Dogs that spend the majority of their lives on tethers account for an astronomical number of animal attacks. 76% of the deaths from dog attacks between 2000-2009 were from dogs subjected to tethering as their primary way of life. Tethering keeps dogs isolated, unable to process interacting with humans, and puts them at a greater risk of disease. Even a few hours outside in the extreme heat or summer or cold of winter is enough to kill a dog. Allowing people to tether their dogs for any amount of time they want does nothing but harm the dog, and potentially other Pennsylvanians.

States like California, Texas, and Connecticut put restrictions on tethering, allowing it for a temporary, “reasonable” amount of time. Creating a similar law in Pennsylvania against tethering would go a long way in protecting Pennsylvania’s citizens, and would once again put Pennsylvania in the forefront as a national leader in protecting animals. Help save the lives of Pennsylvania’s family, furry and human alike!


Petition Signatures

Nov 24, 2017 Maria Simmons If you need to tester your outside you don’t need one!!!!!!
Nov 23, 2017 Jim Bodsberg
Nov 22, 2017 Lucinda Hare
Nov 22, 2017 Erin McDonald RVT
Nov 22, 2017 Natalia Drzewicka
Nov 22, 2017 Lisa Roof
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Nov 22, 2017 Lynne Minore
Nov 22, 2017 DWAYNE KNIRK
Nov 22, 2017 Karen Perry
Nov 22, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Nov 22, 2017 lia schiltmans
Nov 22, 2017 gina Fogarty
Nov 22, 2017 Siara Lara
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 janet phail-droege
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Fabian Müller
Nov 20, 2017 aya oda
Nov 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Nov 20, 2017 lorraine Oliver
Nov 20, 2017 Beth Stauber
Nov 19, 2017 Maibritt Andersen
Nov 19, 2017 Rebecca Dunne
Nov 19, 2017 Anne Havard
Nov 19, 2017 Dominique Giloteaux
Nov 19, 2017 Barb Wilkin
Nov 18, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Francis
Nov 18, 2017 Patty Brothag
Nov 17, 2017 Stephanie Southard
Nov 17, 2017 Diane Miller
Nov 17, 2017 Anna Maria Sergi
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
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Nov 17, 2017 HELGA Jelus
Nov 17, 2017 Patty Bracey
Nov 16, 2017 Nancy Rooney
Nov 16, 2017 Linda Kehew
Nov 16, 2017 C. Scott
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Nov 16, 2017 Kathy Woods
Nov 16, 2017 Anita Honeycutt
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed) I've seen Pennsylvanian dogs tethered out in the most appalling snow and weather conditions, and been told they don't pamper hunting dogs. it's barbaric, inhumane, and MUST be outlawed
Nov 16, 2017 Janis Ciofalo
Nov 16, 2017 Patti Mealy
Nov 16, 2017 Karen McMurray
Nov 16, 2017 David Bolman
Nov 16, 2017 Sandra Herrera

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