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It's time that Pennsylvania enacted reasonable and responsible anti-tethering legislation.
A study by the Centers for Disease Control, "Which Dogs Bite?", found that chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite. 
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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   Welcome to the website of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Tethering.  beagle

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.

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.


To learn about the history of anti-tethering bills in the PA Legislature, visit the Bill History page.

Pennsylvania Legislation Update