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Harrisburg University Expansion / Animal Tethering Law

Written by Rich Copeland - Producer, WITF's Smart Talk | Dec 13, 2017 8:00 PM
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On the Thursday December 14th, 2017 edition of WITF's Smart Talk:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has announced plans for a $140 million Health Science Education Center to help accommodate its 5,400 undergraduate students.  The downtown Harrisburg proposal would create housing for 300 more students and expand programming to include degrees in nursing, pharmaceutical studies and other healthcare courses of study.

The expansion will also facilitate mixed-use development that would include a hotel, restaurant and conference space.  University President Dr. Eric Darr predicts the 200,000 square foot project will be good for both the city and university, saying "we will bring more jobs to the city and help transform downtown."

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology President Dr. Eric Darr

In addition to the Harrisburg project, the university purchased 38,000 square feet of space in Center City Philadelphia to accommodate students attending the satellite campus.  On Thursday's Smart Talk, we discuss the expansion project with Dr. Darr and future plans for Harrisburg University.

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Also,  a recent law in Pennsylvania prohibits owners from tethering their pets outdoors for prolonged periods during cold days.  Owners can be fined $300 and/or jailed for up to 90 days for keeping their pets tied up for more than thirty minutes when the weather drops below 32 degrees, the freezing point.

Smart Talk will discuss the law and other ways to keep your pets safe during the cold winter months with Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director at The Humane Society of the United States and Amy Kaunas, Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg executive director.


Kristen Tullo, Pennsylvania State Director at The Humane Society of the United States and Amy Kaunas, Humane Society of Greater Harrisburg executive director.


- The new law is great and goes a long way to protect animals kept outdoors.

Unfortunately dogs that are kept in dog houses and crates seem to slip between the cracks.

There are three dogs near us kept outside with little protection. They have a dog house (or a shed) but no hay or straw.

Their water can easily freeze because their bowls are not heated. When the temperatures were going into the single digits this week we purchased straw for the dogs because the owners failed to do it.

Does shelter include straw and hay? What can be done to protect these animals that are still exposed to the elements?                                                  - Loretta

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