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New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal To Chain Up Dogs Outside
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New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal To Chain Up Dogs Outside

Those who violate the law will face a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.

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Texas dog owners will not be able to chain up their pets outside anymore based on a new law, which goes into effect on Jan. 18, 2022. Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill on Monday after vetoing a previous version this summer that had passed both legislative chambers with bipartisan support. The earlier version of the bill was vetoed by the governor a few months ago over the bill's "micro-managing" language in relation to items such as "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 length."

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The new law passed during the state legislature's third special session of the year states that dogs cannot be left outside unless they have protection from the elements and a shelter that has enough room. The dog should have access to drinkable water as well. It will be illegal for owners to tie up their dogs outside with chains or weighed-down restraints. An outdoor restraint should be 10 feet long or five times the dog's length from nose to tail, reports PEOPLE. The law also eliminates the current rule of a 24-hour waiting period for law enforcement to intervene when inhumane treatment is reported. Those who violate the new law will face a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and those who commit a repeat offense could face a Class B misdemeanor. Certain exceptions to the rule include public camping or recreational areas. Owners and their dogs who take part in hunting, shepherding livestock, and cultivating agricultural products are also exempt.