Safe Outdoor Dogs Act in the Texas Legislature Impact

You may have heard about the passage of the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act in the Texas Legislature. This bill clarified requirements for the restraint of unattended dogs outdoors. 

One of the key provisions of this bill, and the reason it had much law enforcement support for passage, was the elimination of a 24-hour “warning” period before law enforcement could take action to aid a dog who was suffering.  During a freeze or other severe weather, it can be critical to act quickly to help the animal. If you see an animal outside that appears to be suffering, try to talk to the owners and see if they will fix the problem.  If you can’t reach them or they won’t act, call your local animal control or the sheriff to intervene.

You can download flyers to help educate a pet owner here.

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