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TEXAS TOUGH ON CHAINING DOGS

by the NetPlaces Network Staff

 

Texas Senate Bill 5 legislation makes it a crime to chain dogs and not provide adequate shelter and water and in 2022 this should be a law in every state!

 

Effective January 18, 2022, Texas law prohibits “improper restraints on dogs” and makes it a criminal offense punishable with up to $500 fines. Repeat offenders could face a class B misdemeanor, up to 180 days in jail, and/or a fine of up to $2,000. See the actual bill below.

 

 

Animal cruelty opponents lashed out at Governor Abbott who, on KXAN TV, stated his position which was that TX law already protects dogs under its Animal Cruelty statues. A common-sense leader, he said “Texans love their dogs… Senate Bill 474 {Ref #1} would compel every dog owner, on pain of criminal penalties, to monitor things like the tailoring of the dog’s collar, the time the dog spends in the bed of a truck, and the ratio of tether-to-dog ratio.

 

Under the new 2022 Texas law on improper restraints, all dogs kept outdoors whether chained, tied or kept in a fenced enclosure must be provided “with adequate shelter to protect them from the elements like extremely hot and cold temperatures, rain and other inclement weather.” That is simple common sense but there are always non-thinking or openly cruel people as is clearly understood by the Texas Humane Legislative Network.

 

Our friend Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action in Washington, D.C. was also instrumental in getting this legislation passed. We know Marty well and he is a reasonable person so he knows that dogs will continue to be chained but he wants to be sure they are properly protected.

 

Every person reading this knows that for renters or those who cannot afford fencing and are away at work during the day, chaining a house dog is the safest way to let him exercise, soak up sunshine and empty bladder and bowels. Chaining or tethering a dog outside, with shade and a non-tippable water source is not “improper restraint” and is preferable to crating him inside all day long.

 

Sadly, other states have passed similar laws without much effect on animal cruelty. In fact, as of February 2022, 23 states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books that regulate tethering or chaining dogs. But with crime and murder rates setting new records across the country, animal protection laws are taking a backseat to human violence.

 

As for Governor Abbott, he has his hands full protecting Texans from the onslaught of desperate immigrants, many of whom are violent criminals fleeing prosecution in other countries.

 

For readers who live in the Northern United States, hold your dogs close and be aware that our northern border is also easily crossed. The Trucker Protests have put pressure on Canadian politicians and Border Agents but the NetPlaces Network has reports of dogs chained in zero-degree temperatures with little to no shelter. We have passed these on to local authorities.

 

Keep your eyes open for blatant acts of cruelty to animals, especially in freezing temperatures but equally deadly, dogs chained or tethered with no shade in soaring 2022 summer temperatures!

 

For your reference: {1} Senate Bill 474, capitol.texas.gov ~ ii YOUR Governor, Senators, and Congressional Representatives

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