A reminder that a new law goes into effect January 18th, which makes it illegal to leave dogs chained up outside.
Governor Greg Abbott signed that into law back in October, which makes that a crime in Texas. The law says that dogs must have properly fitted collars, and bans use of chains or heavy weights.
The restraint must be no shorter than five times the dog’s length. The law continues to say the dogs must have adequate shelter, ability to avoid animal waste, and have drinkable water. Also included, the law waives the 24 hour waiting period for law enforcement to intervene during inhumane treatment cases.
Exceptions include camping, or tying dogs in a truck bed while running errands.
Violators of the new law will face a Class C Misdemeanor Charge for the first offense, and a Class B Misdemeanor for repeated offenses.