The dogs most likely to bite are male, unneutered, and chained.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has also stated "Never tether or chain your dog because this can contribute to aggressive behavior."
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The Coalition is dedicated to educating the public and promoting legislation to end the widely tolerated practice of chaining dogs for life, or for extended periods of time. The Coalition seeks reasonable, responsible and enforceable anti-tethering legislation state-wide. Continuous tethering is not to be confused with chaining for temporary tasks.
Tethering is cruel to dogs, dangerous to the public, and costly to our communities. Join the Coalition to help end the cruel practice of tethering in Pennsylvania.
The anti-tethering bills that were introduced in the previous session (2013-2014) died of neglect in their respective committees. We are now in a new legislative session (2015-2016). This means a new opportunity to persuade legislators that anti-tethering legislation is a necessity and needs to be passed.
On February 3, 2015, Senator Richard Alloway (R-33) introduced legislation in the PA Senate. The bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. UPDATE: This bill (SB373) passed the full Senate (45-4) and was referred to the PA House Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2015.
On February 17, 2015, Representative David Parker (R-115) introduced legislation in the PA House of Representatives. The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.
Please go to the Legislation Page for further details on both bills and visit the Take Action page to find out how you can help get these bills passed.
To learn about the history of anti-tethering bills in the PA Legislature, visit the Bill History page.