Texas is finally stepping up in the dog safety department and dogs all over the world are barking with excitement and relief. As all of us animal lovers know, dogs are more than pets, they are family. That’s why this proposed Texas bill is important and necessary. Let’s review.
According to the Austin Chronicle, “House Bill 1156 would require dog owners to provide “adequate shelter,” which is defined as a structure that would protect the canine from natural elements and is large enough for the dog to comfortably move around. Dogs must also be capable of avoiding standing water.”
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That means, no more back yard dogs or crates. Dogs will need an “adequate shelter” to live.
The bill will also require collars to be “nylon, leather or similar material” and has to properly fit the animal. It’s also mentions a device that “does not choke the dog or impede the dog ‘s normal breathing or swallowing; and is attached to the dog in a manner that does not allow for escape and does not cause pain or injury to the dog.”
The bill also states, the restraint cannot be a chain, have weights attached or be shorter in length than five times the dog’s length, “as measured from the tip of the dog ‘s nose to the base of the dog ‘s tail.”
Of course, there are some campground and recreational exceptions but this is a huge success for dog safety advocates and animal lovers all over the planet!
Chaining a dog is a form of animal cruelty and a danger to society and here’s why.
- Dogs are social beings that thrive from human and animal interaction. Preventing them from those interactions can cause serious mental anguish and depression.
- A friendly dog can become violent, and is often aggressive if chained.
- Their necks can become raw, cut and covered with sores.
- Aggressive dogs chained will attack anyone. Oftentimes those people are children.
- Chained dogs can be aggressive or dangerous to other animals.
- Dogs can get frustrated from boredom and isolation and become anxious and overly excited. It can lead to psychological issues in our pets.
- Chains can get tangled, knotted and can even lead to a dog hanging itself.
- Dogs need exercise. They are active animals that need to walk, and run daily.
- Chained dogs don’t get the attention they need. Their water bowl could be turned over; their food could be moldy or inedible and their chain could be tangled and rusted.
- A dog could he injured, sick or starving but the owner wouldn’t know.
- Dogs chained in harsh weather often become ill or worse, die.
Dogs need us to take care of them. They are pack animals and you are a part of their pack. If your dog is on a chain, take him off it immediately and put him inside where he belongs—with you.
If the Texas bill passes, the new law would take effect Sept. 1, 2017