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It's time that Pennsylvania enacted reasonable and responsible anti-tethering legislation.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control, "Which Dogs Bite?", found that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite. 
The dogs most likely to bite are male, unneutered, and chained.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has also stated "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior."
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   Welcome to the website of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Tethering.  beagle

The Coalition is dedicated to educating the public and promoting legislation to end the widely tolerated practice of chaining dogs for life, or for extended periods of time.  The Coalition seeks reasonable, responsible and enforceable anti-tethering legislation state-wide.  Continuous tethering is not to be confused with chaining for temporary tasks.

Tethering is cruel to dogs, dangerous to the public, and costly to our communities.  Join the Coalition to help end the cruel practice of tethering in Pennsylvania.

                                                UPDATE


House of Representatives:  Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176) introduced HB41 on January 8, 2013. 

If passed, this bill would ...

     * Prohibit tethering a dog outside 10:00pm to 6:00am
     * Prohibt tethering during extreme weather conditions
     * Require proper fitting collars; no prong, choke or pinch collars
     * Minimum tether length; no tow chains

Please see the Legislation page for a pdf of the full text of the bill.


Senate:  Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33) introduced SB522 on February 26, 2013.

If passed, this bill would ...

     * Prohibit tethering a dog when temperatures are above 90F or below 32F or during extreme  
        weather conditions
     * Require proper fitting collars; no prong, choke or pinch collars
     * Minimum tether length; maximum tether thickness
     * If person convicted of violating current cruelty laws in conjunction with this new law, charge
        will be a 3rd degree misdemeanor

Please see the Legislation page for a pdf of the full text of the bill.