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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

Aug 17, 2018 Catharine McEachern If a person isn't willing to care for a dog they shouldn't have one. Having a pet and neglecting it is wrong and must not be allowed!
Aug 17, 2018 Joanne Howard
Aug 17, 2018 Debi Gray Would you like a heavy tight collar and chain around your neck so you weren’t free to move?No animal should be forcibly restrained. If you can’t properly care for a dog don’t get one, but if you have one you must stand by your commitment!
Aug 16, 2018 Barbara Ealy it's wrong
Aug 16, 2018 Ana Ferguson
Aug 16, 2018 Sandra Backelund
Aug 16, 2018 liesel heckmann
Aug 16, 2018 Vanessa suessle
Aug 16, 2018 Heidi Siebens
Aug 16, 2018 Maren Knox
Aug 16, 2018 shiping zhang
Aug 15, 2018 Vanessa Margolin
Aug 15, 2018 Sheryll Margolis
Aug 15, 2018 Susan May
Aug 15, 2018 Maria Bencze
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Aug 14, 2018 Christine MATHIEU
Aug 14, 2018 Elena Pimyakova
Aug 14, 2018 Sharon Cohen
Aug 13, 2018 Mindy Alliano
Aug 13, 2018 Pam Weems
Aug 13, 2018 Pamela Moore
Aug 13, 2018 Jeannie Martens
Aug 13, 2018 dolly weber Animal abuse must be dealt with NOW. People who abuse animals also abuse children, act how to protect both animal and people.
Aug 13, 2018 Michelle Bach
Aug 13, 2018 Karen Beckner
Aug 13, 2018 R Fitzgerald
Aug 13, 2018 janna murphy
Aug 13, 2018 Lynne Burnell
Aug 13, 2018 Heather Alexander
Aug 13, 2018 Jayci Birkey
Aug 13, 2018 Beverly Schwarz
Aug 13, 2018 Regina Flores
Aug 13, 2018 Kim Welch Please stop the ignorance of tethering dogs, People who do this should be sentenced to be tethered themselves for a week in their yards to see how it feels. What you sow you reap according to what you do to others, including animals.
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Aug 13, 2018 philippe fourcaud
Aug 12, 2018 Sabrina Burrows
Aug 12, 2018 sally Patterson
Aug 12, 2018 Patricia Marrazzo
Aug 12, 2018 Loïka GUILBAUD
Aug 12, 2018 Dorothy Wellons
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Aug 12, 2018 Sandy Norris
Aug 12, 2018 Nellie Lacy
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Aug 11, 2018 Teri Tosdale
Aug 11, 2018 Kimberly Milne I would suspect most of these tethered dogs aren't tethered for a few hours, they probably live their whole lives tethered. It's so sad and cruel. If you have a dog bring it inside to live as part of your family. You will have a healthier, happier dog!

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