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 PA House Judiciary Committee Chair & Members
Senate Bill 373 passed the PA Senate on June 3, 2015 by a vote of 45-4. SB373 was then sent to the PA House for consideration on June 5, 2015. It was assigned to the PA House Judiciay Committee and has sat there lifeless ever since with Rep. Ron Marsico (R-105) as the chairperson. Since 2005, Rep. Marsico has prevented all anti-tethering bills (except one) from being put forth for a committee vote. It is time to stop one legislator from stonewalling yet another opportunity to help PA's chained dogs. Please click here to contact Rep. Marsico's office and respectfully request the he put SB373 forth for a vote in the Judiciary Committee. The other members of the Judiciary Committee (majority and minority) are also listed on the left side of that page. Please contact them and ask that they request SB373 be brought forth for a vote. PA's chained dogs are relying on us.
NOTE: 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 "yes" votes to move out of the committee, it has a chance to go to the House or Senate floor to be voted upon.  Depending on which chamber (House or Senate) it passes, it then moves to the other chamber for passage.
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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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.