In the second half of January 2022, the new law will be official in Texas. It specifically bans the use of chains or other weights when it comes to methods of restraining the dogs.
This law is not replacing current laws that target those involved in cruelty towards animals, and its intent is to specifically list chains as something that is illegal when handling dogs. The bill is a small victory for activists supporting and promoting animal rights.
- Representative Cody Harris disagrees with the bill, believing large, aggressive dogs need to be on chains.
- The law allows dogs to be on cable runs provided they have access to water, shade and shelter.
- There are several exceptions to the chain rule, such as for dogs involved in shepherding or herding cattle.
“Champions of the bill have expressed that they feel SB 5 replaces the current unlawful restraint of a dog with a more humane standard of care as well as an enforcement mechanism for peace officers.”