Group wants Texas to take the collar off chained dogs

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Should pet owners be allowed to chain up their dog? Animal rights groups say no and they’re trying to convince state lawmakers to make a change.

The Texas Humane Legislation Network has been trying to change this law for years, and believe this is the year to get it through the legislature.

The ban would stop the use of all chains as a restraint around a pet, requiring owners to use an actual collar or harness instead. Other requirements include longer restraints to enable mobility and ensuring access to water.

Last session, this barely fell short of getting passed. This year, the “adequate shelter bill” is moving through the legislature earlier.

On Monday, 12-year-old Bella Burgan volunteered for the Network with her mom. She made gift packets for lawmakers — mostly snacks to say thank you.

Burgan helped pass a similar measure in the city of Round Rock last year. She’s hoping to make a change across the state, as well.

“Sometimes it’s just words in one ear and out the other with adult to adult. But I think, from my point of view, it makes a big difference when you bring a young person in who shares the same views as this adult and they bring them in to talk to representatives. It gives them a fresh perspective and it shows them that people really do care—it’s not just these adults,” Burgan said.

Currently under Texas law, if a police officer comes across an animal chained up illegally, the owner gets 24 hours to correct the situation. This bill would scrap that mandatory 24-hour waiting period.

The Texas Humane Legislation Network wants an officer to be able to issue a citation immediately.

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