Chaining a dog outside is illegal in Texas

Practice has been banned in San Antonio city limits since Oct. 2017

A new Texas law went into effect Tuesday, prohibiting unattended dogs from being restrained with a chain. The new law aims to create more humane conditions for dogs. Anyone caught breaking the law can face a fine of up to $500.

With the recent cold weather — here’s a reminder that it’s illegal to chain a dog outside in Texas.

Unattended dogs are not allowed to be restrained with chains or heavy weights outdoors thanks to a Texas law that went into effect in January of last year. The practice has been banned in San Antonio city limits since Oct. 2017.

Senate Bill 5, also known as the Safe Outdoor Dogs Bill, also prohibits an owner from leaving a dog without adequate shelter, shade from direct sunlight, drinking water and an area that allows the animal to avoid standing water and exposure to excessive animal waste.

The law states that dog collars must be made of “material specifically designed to be placed around the neck of a dog.”

It also eliminated the 24-hour rule that previously barred law enforcement from intervening if an animal was observed in inhumane or illegal conditions.

Violations of the dog chaining law are considered a Class C misdemeanor and are punishable by a fine of up to $500. Repeat offenders could face a Class B misdemeanor.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.