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OPINION: Dog-tethering law is finally...

Originally Featured The Beaumont Enterprise PHOTO BY: RYAN WELCHPUBLISHED NOVEMBER 1, 2021 It took a lot longer than it should have, but a long-overdue bill to humanely limit the ways in which dogs can be tethered outside in Texas has finally been signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. We’d like to say it’s just in time for the cold wint...

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New Texas Law Will Make It Illegal to...

Originally Featured in People Magazine BY ABIGAIL ADAMSPUBLISHED OCTOBER 29, 2021 Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill on Monday after vetoing a similar version of the bill in June, which sparked public pushback It will soon be illegal for Texas dog owners to chain up their pets outside.  On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbot signed the bill — passed...

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Safe Outdoor Dogs Act Headed to Governor

Safe Outdoor Dogs Act Headed to Governor’s Desk at the Close of the Third Special SessionThe act clarifies previous law and establishes basic standards of shelter and care for unattended dogs restrained outdoors. October 19, 2021 Austin, Texas – Late last night, SB 5, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, passed out of both chambers and is now he...

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LAWS for PAWS Symposium

Friday, October 29, 2021COST: FREE5 total hours of CE Learn about the LINK and why passing legislation at the federal and state levels can help us detect violence towards children, domestic partners, and our elderly populations. All sessions have been submitted for continuing education credit through The Texas Department of State Heal...

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SB 5/HB 104 Safe Outdoor Dogs Act | 2...

SB 5/HB 104 AKA The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act has passed the Senate! This session is moving quickly, as expected, and we would like to clear up any confusion surrounding the bill.

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Governor Abbott Includes Safe Outdoor...

Legislation would be similar to SB 474 that passed during the regular session but would address the concerns in the Governor's veto proclamation. September 9, 2021 Austin, Texas – On Tuesday, Governor Abbott released his agenda for the third special session and included legislation similar to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which the Govern...

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Safe Outdoor Dog Act Passes Texas Hou...

THLN's work on the Safe Outdoors Dog Act has been featured in the Summer edition of Texas Dog Monthly.  Read the full article here.

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GUEST COLUMN: Abbott’s reasons for ve...

Originally Featured in The Lufkin Daily News BY SHELBY BOBOSKYPUBLISHED JULY 22, 2021 Recently, the Responsible Pet Owners Alliance published an opinion piece taking aim at broad issues within animal welfare and, more specifically, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act (SB 474), which passed the House and Senate this session but was ultimately vet...

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GUEST COLUMN: Abbott’s reasons for ve...

Originally Featured in The Lufkin Daily News BY MARY BETH DUERLERPUBLISHED JULY 20, 2021 The “Doggone Shame” article was dead wrong — claiming the only opposition to SB 474 was from “dog fighters and unscrupulous breeders who are making campaign donations under the table.” Be assured that our organization is none of the above and it’s ...

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Commentary: Abbott's veto keeps dogs ...

Originally Featured in San Antonio Express-NewsPhoto Credit: Billy Calzada / San Antonio Express-News BY STEVE HURST PUBLISHED JULY 2, 2021 Texas dogs, and the people who love them, deserve more than lawmakers who make decisions that prioritize political posturing over animal cruelty prevention. Since 2015, dozens of stakeholder associ...

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