RudyHumane police officers often see the worst of the worst – collars embedded in dogs’ necks, cats frozen to the ground, and tethered dogs so tangled that they cannot move, let alone reach shelter; or animals like Rudy, (pictured) with inadequate shelter.  Many helpless animals die each year, exposed to inclement weather. Stray dogs are brought to the shelter only to have their owners show up a week later claiming that they “just noticed” that their tethered dog was missing.

Every winter, especially during the months of January and February, humane police officers field a surge of abuse and neglect calls, the majority of which concern animals with inadequate shelter. Although we work as diligently and efficiently as possible to respond to every call, appallingly, in most cases, no laws are being broken.

That is why Senate Bill 373 is so critical. Tethering of dogs is cruel and inhumane.

“Dogs are naturally social animals who thrive on interaction with people and other animals. A dog kept chained in one spot for hours, days, months or even years suffers immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious and often aggressive.”*

Read Fact Sheets About Pending Bills

In addition to strengthening the tethering laws throughout the Commonwealth, the legislation will add a provision regarding shelter for dogs and cats to ensure that they are protected against inclement weather, keeping them dry and allowing them to preserve a normal body temperature.  Further, Senate Bill 373 will amend Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses), further providing for a summary offense if a person violates the tethering and shelter provisions. Second and subsequent offenses shall be a misdemeanor of the third degree.

SB 373 was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 3, 2015, which is co-chaired by Sen. Stewart Greenleaf and Sen. Daylin Leach:

Stewart Greenleaf
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-6599
sgreenleaf@pasen.gov

Daylin Leach
Senate Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-5544
SenatorLeach@pasenate.com

You can join us in helping defenseless animals today with a letter, phone call, email, or visit to your State Senator and your State Representative, asking them to support SB 373.

If you are a Greene County resident, your state legislators are:

Senator Camera Bartolotta
Senate Box 203046
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-787-1463
cbartolotta@pasen.gov

Representative Pam Snyder
112 Irvis Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
717-783-3797
psnyder@pahouse.net

Find your state legislator if you do not reside in Greene County:

Read SB 373 in its entirety

 

 

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