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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 

As there are three bills as of April 17, 2017, there are different actions to be taken based on where the bills are in the legislation flow. Check the Unchain Pennsylvania Dogs' Facebook page for actions you can take based on the current status of the bills. You can also email us for advice on how you can help.


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 the 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. Respectifully let them know that your future vote may depend upon their support of animal welfare legislation.
  Click here to find your PA Legislator.
  Please email us if you receive feedback, positive or negative.


Join the Coalition!

  Sign up to become a member of the Join the Coalition page and urge others to join up, too.


Contact your local shelters and rescues.

  Ask them to include an anti-tethering/anti-penning clause in their adoption contract. This means that the dog would be removed from the home if found to be living tethered/penned outside. Many rescues already have this in their adoption contracts, but check with the groups you know anyway.


Contact your homeowners' association.

  If you live in a community of homes, ask that the by-laws of the association include a clause that prohibits owners from chaining/penning dogs outside 24/7/365. Some communities don't allow chaining or penning a dog at all!


Spread the word.

  Link the coalition to your website: www.unchainpadogs.com
  Like us on Facebook!
  Share news and updates on legislation with your friends, family, and co-workers.



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