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tethered dog

What can be done to correct the problem of chained dogs?

More and more communities are passing laws that regulate the practice of tethering animals. 

BANNED CHAINING
New Orleans LA, Tuscon AZ, Okaloosa FL, Cathage MO, Lawton OK, and other cities.

ALLOW DOGS TO BE TETHERED ONLY FOR LIMITED HOURS/DAY
The state of Connecticut, along with Wichita KS, Denver CO, Austin TX, Norfolk VA, West Palm Beach FL, and other cities.

BANNED FIXED-POINT CHAINING, BUT ALLOW PULLEY RUNS
Little Rock AR, and other cities.

 

PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATION 

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PA House of Representatives

As of April 2017, there are 3 bills in the House which address tethering of dogs. The bills have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
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PA HOUSE BILL 1238
Introduced by Rep. Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) on April 17, 2017.

UPDATE: The House Judiciary Committee voted on the bill on April 19, 2017. It passed out of the committee and went to the House floor for a vote. On April 26, 2017, it passed a full House vote. The bill passed into the Senate on May 4 and is in the Senate Judiciary Committee as of May 16, 2017. Please visit our Facebook page for updates on the progress of this bill. To learn what to do to show your support for this legislation, please visit the Take Action page.

The bill highlights:

Click here to read the full text and related amendments of HB1238.

Click here to see the list of current sponsors for HB1238.

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PA HOUSE BILL 323
Introduced by Rep. Ed Neilson (D-174) on February 3, 2017.

This bill addresses various aspects of tethering.

The bill highlights:

Click here to read the full text of HB323.

Click here to see the list of current sponsors for HB323.
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PA HOUSE BILL 13
Introduced by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-03) on January 23, 2017.

This bill seeks to enhance penalties for certain aspects of animal cruelty, including providing limitations on continual tethering of dogs.

The bill highlights regarding tethering:

Click here to read the full text of HB13.

Click here to see the list of current sponsors of HB13.
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PA Senate

As of April 2017, no anti-tethering bills have been introduced in the PA Senate.