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Unchain that doggo

Friday, January 21, 2022 by Tai Moses

The state’s new animal welfare law, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, went into effect this week. The law, which passed with wide bipartisan support in both chambers, protects dogs from being chained or tethered and requires that dogs kept outside have adequate shelter and drinking water. According to the Texas Humane Legislation Network, the act “establishes basic standards of shelter and care for dogs left outdoors and clarifies existing law to promote the safety of animals and the people around them without increasing criminal penalties.” Stacy Sutton Kerby, a spokesperson for THLN, said, “We have fought for many years to pass this law and are absolutely thrilled about the difference it is going to make in the lives of dogs as well as Texas residents.” Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., who authored the act in the Senate, said, “This winter, it is crucial for us to remember that as cold fronts come through, bring your dog inside from the dangerously cold temperatures and/or snow. If we have a repeat of last year’s freeze, this law will help save the lives of many outdoor dogs.” Learn why chaining poses a risk to both dogs and humans here. To report a chained dog, or any other kind of animal abuse, call 311, or 911 if it’s an emergency.

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