Man’s best friend is on the minds of the Texas Legislature once again as advocates try to pass Senate Bill 5, allowing for more strict enforcement of laws related to tethering and sheltering of dogs. The simple-to-support bill passed with bipartisan support in May before landing on Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, where he unexpectedly vetoed it.
Then known as Senate Bill 474, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act would have made it illegal to chain dogs outside without drinkable water, adequate shade or shelter. It also called for a ban on the use of heavy chain for tethering dogs.