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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.

 

Welcome to the website of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Tethering. 

tethered dogThe 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.

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Pennsylvania Legislation Update

The anti-tethering bills that were introduced in the previous session (2015-2016) died. We are now in a new legislative session (2017-2018).  This means a new opportunity to persuade legislators that anti-tethering legislation is a necessity and needs to be passed.

Please visit the Legislation page for more information about these bills and then visit the Take Action page to find out how you can help get these bills passed.

PA HOUSE BILL 1238 (HB1238)
Introduced on April 17, 2017, Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151/Montgomery County (Part).
The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
UPDATE ON HB1238 - The bill passed the House Judiciary Committe and, on April 26, 2017, HB1238 passed a full house vote and is now headed to the Senate. Please visit the Legislation page for more information about HB1238.

PA HOUSE BILL 323 (HB323)
Introduced on February 3, 2017, Rep. Ed Neilson, D-174/Philadelphia County (Part).
The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

PA HOUSE BILL 13 (HB13)
Introduced on January 23, 2017, Rep. Ryan A. Bizzarro, D-03/Erie County (Part). The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

To learn about the history of anti-tethering bills in the PA Legislature, visit the Legislation - Past page.