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What can be done to correct the problem of chained dogs?
More and more communities are passing laws that regulate the practice of tethering animals:  New Orleans LA, Tuscon AZ, Okaloosa FL, Cathage MO, Lawton OK, and other cities all ban chaining.  The state of Connecticut, along with Wichita KS, Denver CO, Austin TX, Norfolk VA, West Palm Beach FL, and others allow dogs to be chained only for a limited number of hours per day.  Little Rock AR, along with other cities, ban fixed-point chaining, but do allow pulley runs.
2011-2012 Pennsylvania Legislative Session (regular session)

LEGISLATION UPDATE - Unfortunately, both House Bill 826 and Senate Bill 972 died in committee during the last PA legislative session (2011-2012).

HOUSE BILL 826 (HB826)

July 22, 2012
Two more PA Representatives have signed on to this bill, bringing the total to 36. This is a very small number of the 203 PA Representatives.

March 9, 2012
As of our last update, there are no new co-sponsors to the bill.  In other words, only 36 PA representatives, out of a total of 203, are willing to lend their name as co-sponsors to back proposed legislation that would dramatically improve the well-being of countless dogs currently tethered 24/7/365 across the Commonwealth.  Click here for a current list of representatives who have signed as co-sponsors.  If your representative is on this list, please thank them for their support.  If they are not, go to the Take Action page for information on how to request the support of your representative.

September 18, 2011

Seven representatives have since joined the original twenty-nine representatives who co-sponsored this bill at the time of its introdcution.  (There are a total of 203 representatives.) 

February 28, 2011 
House Bill 826 was introduced in the PA House of Representatives by Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176).  The bill was referred to the PA House Judiciary Committee which will decide if this bill merits further consideraiton. 

Click here for the full text of HB826.


SENATE BILL 972 (SB972)

July 22, 2012
As of today, there are still only 13 Senators, out of a total of 50, who are willing to lend their name in support of this bill.

March 15, 2012
As of today, there are only 13 PA Senators, out of a total of 50, who are willing to lend their name as co-sponsors to back proposed legislation that would dramatically improve the well-being of countless dogs currently tethered 24/7/365 across the Commonwealth.  Click here for a current list of senators who have signed on as co-sponsors.  If your senator is on this list, please thank them for their support.  If they are not, go to the Take Action page for information on how to request the support of your senator.

April 15, 2011 
Senate Bill 972 was introduced in the PA Senate by Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33).  The bill was referred to the PA Senate Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee.  As with the previous Senate Bill, it is of great concern that an anti-tethering bill which amends only title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) as it relates to animal cruelty has been referred to a committee normally responsible for the review of Title 3 (Agriculture) bills. 

Click here for the full text of SB972.

HOUSE BILL 41 (HB41)

January 8, 2013
House Bill 41 was introduced in the PA House of Representatives by Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176).  The bill was referred to the PA House Judiciary Committee which will decide if this bill merits further consideration.

Click here for the full text of HB41.
Click here to see which Representatives are sponsoring HB41.


SENATE BILL 522 (SB522)

March 2013
Senate Bill 522 was introduced in the PA Senate by Sen. richard Alloway (R-33).  The bill was referred to the PA Senate Judiciary Committee which will decide if this bill merits further consideration.  The last two times this bill was introduced, it was referred to the Senate Agriculture and rural Affairs Committee which ensured the bill's demise. The referral to the Senate Judiciary Committee is a move in the right direction.

Click here for the full text of SB522.
Click here to see which Senators are sponsoring SB522.

January 2013
Sen. Richard Alloway (R-33) is working on new legislation.  His office recently advised they will eliminate the language to ban tethering during the nighttime hours in this new legislation.  Unfortunately, we expect the language of the new bill will be similar to the language the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) proposed to Sen. Alloway's office last session.

The HSUS language allows for "humane tethering."  It basically prohibits tethering only during adverse weather conditions.  (This provision was just one component of the original bill.)  What the HSUS proposed draft does not include is the requirement to remove the dog from the tether during nighttime hours.  In other words, unless adverse weather conditions exist, dogs would continue to be tethered 24/7 for months on end.  This compromises the integrity and spirit of legislation which is supposed to provide relief for Pennsylvania's tethered canines on a regular basis.
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LEGISLATION UPDATE - Unfortunately, both House Bill 1254 and Senate Bill 1435 died in committee during the last PA legislative session (2009-2010).

House Bill 1254
(HB1254): This bill marked the third time anti-tethering legislation had been introduced in the PA House.  The circumstances surrounding HB1254 were particularly disappointing.  Most notably, in early 2010 a national humane group stepped in and proposed a re-write of the bill in conjunction with several of the House Judiciary Committee members.   The proposed language (at least the last version we saw) was unenforceable and therefore compromised the spirit of the bill which was to protect dogs from the abuse and neglect associated with continual tethering.   For reasons unknown to us, the revised bill was never introduced but certainly muddied the waters for further progression of HB1254.  The bill died in the House Judiciary Committee.  There were 56 co-sponsors.

Senate Bill 1435
(SB1435): This bill marks the first time that anti-tethering legislation was introduced in the PA Senate, however the bill died in the Senate's Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee.  There were 14 co-sponsors.  While we were grateful that SB1435 consisted of the same (original) language as HB1254, we questioned why this bill was referred to the PA Senate Agricultural & Rural Affairs Committee.   Anti-tethering bills only amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) as it relates to animal cruelty, not Title 3 (Agriculture) bills.
2009-2010 Pennsylvania Legislative Session (regular session)
2013-2014 Pennsylvania Legislative Session (regular session)
History of Anti-Tethering Bills
Brought Before the PA Legislature