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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.
PA SENATE

UPDATE: June 3, 2015: PA Senate Bill 373 easily passed the full Senate. The vote was 45-4. The four senators who voted against the bill: Brooks, Eichelberger, Hutchinson and Yaw. SB373 was referred to the House Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2015. This is an important step and the bill needs your help if it is to continue to move forward in the House. Please go to the Take Action page for more information on how you can help.

The bill highlights:
  • Tethering must not be for a period of time beyond what is reasonably necessary to complete a temporary task.
  • Dog must be monitored while tethered.
  • No tethering when a severe weather warning has been issued by the National Weather Service or if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit or above 90 degrees Fahrenheit for a continuous period of 30 minutes.
  • Non-choke type collars must be used; the tether must not become tangled around the dog or other objects.
  • Tether must meet minimum length requirements and must not be thicker than 1/8".
  • Specific shelter requirements (dimensions, material of constructions, bedding, etc.).
Click here to read the full text of SB373.

Click here to see the list of current sponsors of the senate bill.


Click here to find your state senator.

For details on the 2013-2014 bills and previous anti-tethering bills that have been brought before the PA Legislature, please see the Bill History page. 
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Pennsylvania Legislation
PA HOUSE

UPDATE:  February 16, 2016:  PA House Judiciary Committee Chair Ron Marsico’s office has not returned our phone calls.  Thus far, Rep. Marsico has yet to put forth either House Bill B481 or Senate Bill 373 for a Judiciary Committee vote.  Please visit the Take Action page to see how you can help to move anti-tethering legislation forward.
**NOTE:  While we would be happy to see House Bill 481 move, we are pushing for PA House support of Senate Bill 373 as it has already passed the Senate.   June 5, 2015: PA Senate Bill 373 passed the Senate on June 3, 2015 and was referred to the PA House.  It was sent to the House Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2015.

February 17, 2015:  PA House Bill 481 was introduced by Rep. David Parker (R-115). The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill highlights:
  • Prohibits tethering a dog outside between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am.
  • Prohibits tethering during periods of temperatures below 21 degrees Fahrenheit or abot 90 degrees Fahrenheit or when a weather advisory of warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Requires proper fitting collars; no prong, choke or pinch collars.
  • Minimum tether length; to tow chains.

Click here to read the full text of HB481.

Click here to see the list of current sponsors of the house bill.

Click here to find your state representative.