Message For PA Residents
Violators could face up to 90 days in jail, a $300 fine, or both, for a summary offense filed by a dog warden, animal cruelty officer or police. If the offense places the dog at risk of injury, violators could face up to one year in jail or a $2,000 fine, or both, for a second- or third-degree misdemeanor." ("Pennsylvania now outlaws tethering dogs too long in the cold," Reading Eagle)
The previous pet law stated that dog owners had to provide a shelter, such as a dog house, for the dogs to stay warm; but the new law is pretty strict.
Dog owners should consider installing a dog fence instead of tethering their dogs for a few reasons:
1) Dog leashes do not offer a wide reach. Dog fences can be as big as the property allows.
2) Tethering dogs is uncomfortable; and can choke the dog if tugged.
3) Tethered dogs cannot play as free-roaming dogs.
Consider these factors when thinking about the new pet law for dog owners.
- Jenn Smith