The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act banishes using chains or heavy weights while outdoors with your four-legged friend–and also requires you provide them some form protection against harsh weather conditions like rainstorms by providing at least one bowl full instruction dish amounts food & drink every day.
The new tethering law in effect requires dog owners to provide their pets with adequate shelter and water. If they don’t, then it’s possible for them be fined $500 or 360 days imprisonment depending on how many times this has happened before!
Starting Jan. 18, a new tethering law is in effect that imposes criminal penalties on Texas dog owners who chain up their pets outside in inhumane conditions.
The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act bans the use of chains or heavy weights as restraints for dogs outside, and also requires owners to provide adequate shelter, shade and clean water for the tethered animals.
A dog owner who breaks the law can be fined $500 and repeat offenders could face a class B misdemeanor, up to 180 days in jail, or a fine of up to $2,000.
Gov. Abbott initially vetoed the legislation, saying the state had no business “micro-managing” Texas dog owners, then brought back a similar version in the third special legislative session that was eventually signed into law.
Animal advocates have been calling for such changes for years, and say the new law will have a positive impact on dogs across Texas.
What are the specifics of this new state law? Will it prevent mistreatment? How will the new rules be enforced in San Antonio?
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