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Who says tethering dogs is inhumane?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a statement against tethering in the July 2, 1996, Federal Register: "Our experience in enforcing the Animals Welfare Act has led us to conclude that continuous confinement of dogs by a tether is inhumane. A tether signficantly restricts a dog's movement. A tether can also become tandlged around or hooked on a dog's shelter structure or other objects, further restricting the dog's movement and potentially causing injury." In 1997, the USDA ruled that people and organizations regulated by the Animal Welfare Act cannot keep dogs continously chained.


Animal Cruelty Cases in Pennsylvania

Information regarding the scope of animal cruelty cases in PA has always been difficult to obtain. There is no central databases for the details of the cases that are filed. We are attempting to fill that gap by compiling information on the cases filed in each county from 9/1/2010 through 8/31/2015 that involve one of the animal cruelty statutes in Title 18 - Section 5511 from the Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The current document presented here references the number of cases by county from Magisterial District Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court.

PA Animal Cruelty Cases - sorted by number of cases (low to high)
PA Animal Cruelty Cases - sorted alphabetically by county (A-Z)

There will be more documents posted as we sift through the data we have obtained. If anyone is interested in details on a specific case that took place during the aforementioned timeframe, or overall details for their county, we may be able to provide it. Please email your request to info@unchainpadogs.com. Please allow several days for a response.