Pet tethering, or dog chaining has been a hot topic among pet owners for some time. This last August, the mayor of Pennsylvania made his feelings known, increasing rules and penalties concerning pet tethering within the state.
Tethering, or chaining refers to keeping your dog tied to a stationary object, this can include lung lines. Temporary pet tethering can be an acceptable manner of keeping your dog safe while you are away for a short period of time, or keeping your guests free from harassment. The practice is often abused though. Some dogs never get to leave the small area they are confined too, are often tangled and choked, get sores from the collar, and are left without adequate shelter. Here at Pet Nanny, we are happy to see some new laws enacted to help keep animals safe!
What Are The New Pet Tethering Laws?
- You may not leave your dog tethered for more than nine hours within any 24-hour time frame.
- You may not tether your pet in temperatures above 90 degrees or below 30 degrees, for more than 30 minutes.
- The tether holding your animal must be longer than three times the length of your pet, or at least 10 feet.
- They must have access to water and shade.
- No tow or log chains, choke, pinch, or prong collars allowed anymore.
- The animal may have no signs or wounds or sores.
- The area the animal is in must be kept free from excessive waste.
Penalties for breaking any of these rules have been increased as well:
- Neglect now can bring a sentence from 90 days in jail or a $300 fine all the way up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine.
- Cruelty, as a misdemeanor is up to two years in jail or a $5,000 fine. Felony charges are up to seven years in jail or a $15,000 fine.
- Convicted persons forfeit their rights to their pets.
- Vets and vet technicians who report animal cruelty in good faith will be shielded from lawsuits.
Long-term pet tethering isn’t an option for having an animal. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to help you keep your pet safe and happy!