Topic: Chaining law makes area man's inhumane treatment illegal.
Registered: Apr 2002
posted August 16, 2008 12:02 PM
Please check out this forum topic:
Texas passed a bill that went into effect September, 2007 to address the kind of inhumane treatment these dogs are experiencing. The full text of the bill is here:
The Sheriff's department representative who was called out for this case may not be aware of the recently enacted law. It looks as if another visit is in order.
Certainly, this inhumane treatment should be stopped immediately. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!
Registered: Aug 2006
posted August 16, 2008 01:07 PM
Thnaks for the site of HB 141 regarding unlawful chaining of dogs...I wish this law had been in effect back in 2002 maybe there would have been a better outcome for the two pitbull pups...I don't know what has happened to the dogs, but I do not now, nor did I then, have a "good feeling" about their situation...they were too young to be as vicious as they were...my personal feeling is that anyone who abuses any animal should be given the same treatment as the animal suffered, for punishment...chained up dog, chain up the abuser...no water for dog...no water for abuser...I know this seems harsh, but an abused animal is a harsh reality.
Registered: Apr 2002
posted August 16, 2008 02:34 PM
To our surprise, one of our members who reported this violation found that the law enforcement representative who answering the phone at first didn't know about this bill, then, after reading it, said that he interpreted this bill as not covering the conditions reported.
I thought it would be interesting to see what our forum members think it means. (Like the beauty in Lake Wobegon, we think our members are "way above average" in reading skills and most care a lot about animals.)
The question is whether the owner of a dog who is chained up 24 hours a day is in violation of this law.
Below is the full text of HB 1411:
H.B. No. 1411
relating to the unlawful restraint of dogs; providing penalties.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. Chapter 821, Health and Safety Code, is amended by adding Subchapter D to read as follows:
SUBCHAPTER D. UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT OF DOG
Sec. 821.076. DEFINITIONS. In this subchapter:
(1) "Collar" means any collar constructed of nylon, leather, or similar material, specifically designed to be used for a dog.
(2) "Owner" means a person who owns or has custody or control of a dog.
(3) "Properly fitted" means, with respect to a collar, a collar that measures the circumference of a dog's neck plus at least one inch.
(4) "Restraint" means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.
Sec. 821.077. UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT OF DOG. (a) An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog's movement:
(1) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.;
(2) within 500 feet of the premises of a school; or
(3) in the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:
(A) the actual or effective outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit;
(B) a heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or jurisdiction; or
(C) a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service.
(b) In this section, a restraint unreasonably limits a dog's movement if the restraint:
(1) uses a collar that is pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type or that is not properly fitted to the dog;
(2) is a length shorter than the greater of:
(A) five times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip of the dog's nose to the base of the dog's tail; or
(B) 10 feet;
(3) is in an unsafe condition; or
(4) causes injury to the dog.
Sec. 821.078. EXCEPTIONS. Section 821.077 does not apply to:
(1) a dog restrained to a running line, pulley, or trolley system and that is not restrained to the running line, pulley, or trolley system by means of a pinch-type, prong-type, choke-type, or improperly fitted collar;
(2) a dog restrained in compliance with the requirements of a camping or recreational area as defined by a federal, state, or local authority or jurisdiction;
(3) a dog restrained for a reasonable period, not to exceed three hours in a 24-hour period, and no longer than is necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained;
(4) a dog restrained while the owner is engaged in, or actively training for, an activity that is conducted pursuant to a valid license issued by this state if the activity for which the license is issued is associated with the use or presence of a dog;
(5) a dog restrained while the owner is engaged in conduct directly related to the business of shepherding or herding cattle or livestock; or
(6) a dog restrained while the owner is engaged in conduct directly related to the business of cultivating agricultural products, if the restraint is reasonably necessary for the safety of the dog.
Sec. 821.079. PENALTY. (a) A person commits an offense if the person knowingly violates this subchapter.
(b) A peace officer or animal control officer who has probable cause to believe that an owner is violating this subchapter shall provide the owner with a written statement of that fact. The statement must be signed by the officer and plainly state the date on which and the time at which the statement is provided to the owner.
(c) A person commits an offense if the person is provided a statement described by Subsection (b) and fails to comply with this subchapter within 24 hours of the time the owner is provided the statement. An offense under this subsection is a Class C misdemeanor.
(d) A person commits an offense if the person violates this subchapter and previously has been convicted of an offense under this subchapter. An offense under this subsection is a Class B misdemeanor.
(e) If a person fails to comply with this subchapter with respect to more than one dog, the person's conduct with respect to each dog constitutes a separate offense.
(f) If conduct constituting an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.
Sec. 821.080. DISPOSITION OF PENALTY. Notwithstanding any other law, the clerk of a court that collects a penalty under this subchapter shall remit the penalty collected for deposit in the general fund of the county.
Sec. 821.081. HAND-HELD LEASHES. This subchapter does not prohibit a person from walking a dog with a hand-held leash.
SECTION 2. (a) The change in law made by this Act applies only to an offense committed on or after September 1, 2007.
(b) An offense committed before September 1, 2007, is covered by the law in effect when the offense was committed, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose. For purposes of this section, an offense was committed before September 1, 2007, if any element of the offense was committed before that date.
SECTION 3. This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1411 was passed by the House on May 3, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2 present, not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House
I certify that H.B. No. 1411 was passed by the Senate on May 23, 2007, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
Registered: Mar 2004
posted August 17, 2008 08:58 AM
If a dog is chained 24 hours a day,using a pinch or choke type collar, the owner is clearly in violation of the requirement that the dog not be chained "between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM". There may be other criteria violated as well, depending on length of leash, temperature/weather conditions, size of collar, etc.
[This message has been edited by ramblinrose (edited August 17, 2008).]
From: dripping springs, tx, usa
Registered: Apr 2008
posted August 19, 2008 07:56 AM
The question is if the owner does that to a dog, are they human?
I think not.
Registered: May 2006
posted August 29, 2008 09:32 AM
The question is...WHAT KIND OF A PERSON CHAINS THEIR DOG UP DAY AND NIGHT?
Rule of Thumb: DON'T DO ANYTHING to your pet you wouldn't want happen to YOURSELF!!!
24/7 CHAINERS.....You are irresponsible pet owners and should feel GUILTY for mistreating an animal who considers you the best friend they ever had!
Give your pet the love and attention they deserve or quit calling yourself a pet owner and call yourself a (Michael Vick) ABUSER...which is what you really are.
All people of Wimberley, please report infractions of this chaining law every time you see it! Evenually our insensitive law enforcement department will ENFORCE the law.
[This message has been edited by PVPam (edited August 29, 2008).]
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