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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.



The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Tethering unites individuals, organizations and businesses across the state to end the widely-tolerated practice of chaining dogs for life, or for extended periods of time.  TOGETHER we can finally stop this inhumane practice.

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