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Texas Has New Dog Law

The State Outdoor Dog Act passed through the Texas Senate on Monday

Governor Greg Abbott signed the act in 2021 and today the Texas Senate Bill 5 became Texas law.

The “Safe Outdoor Dog Act” eliminates the use of chains to restrain dogs.

Requires instead legal restraints such as tethers and trolley systems to allow for dogs to stand, turn around and lie down.

The law also prevents dogs from being left out in extreme temperatures, inclement weather or in standing water without adequate shelter and must also have potable water.

It also lifts the 24 hour waiting period so animal control and law enforcement can act immediately if a dog is in distress.

In Amarillo, you can go online to amw.amarillo .gov.

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