Are tethered dogs otherwise treated well?
Rarely does a chained or tethered dog receive sufficient care.  Tethered dogs suffer from sporadic feedings, overturned water bowls, inadequate veterinary care, and extreme temperatures.  During snow storms, these dogs often have no access to shelter.  During periods of extreme heat, they may not receive adequate water or protection from the sun.  What's more, because their often neurotic behavior makes them difficult to approach, chained dogs are rarely given even minimal affection.  Tethered dogs may become "part of the scenery" and can be easily ignored by their owners.
Take Action:  Ways You Can Help
Contact the Judiciary Committee Chairs
When a bill is introduced in either the PA House or PA Senate, it is assigned to a committee.  The committee chair decides if the bill will be put out to the committee members for a vote.  If the bill gets enough votes to move out of the committee, only then does it move to the House or Senate floor to be voted upon.  Right now, the fate of both bills is in the hands of the respective Judiciary Committee chairs.
Rep. Ron Marsico (R-105) is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee.  Please call Rep Marsico and ask him to put HB481 up for a vote in the House Judiciary Committee.
Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-12) is the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Please call Sen. Greenleaf and ask him to put SB373 up for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Contact your legislator.

A phone call to your legislator is the action that makes the most difference.  Please take a few minutes to make a call or write a letter.  Explain the importance of anti-tethering legislation (see FAQ page for details).  Refer to the plight of any chained dogs you are personally aware of and provide details as to the dog's sub-standard living conditions. Respectfully let them know that your future vote may depend upon their support of this and other animal welfare legislation. 
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"What YOU allow is what will continue."
As an animal advocate, you know the harm caused by continual tethering and the difficulty in prosecuting these cases under current PA law. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Tethering needs your help to end this inhumane practice.