What you need to know about Senate Bill No. 5

PERMIAN BASIN, Texas (Nexstar) – A new bill signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott protects our furry-legged friends with Senate Bill 5, also known as the Safe Outdoors Dogs Act.

We have discussed the specific requirements of the new law with Midland Humane Coalition, Terra Acox – who say this new law is a game-changer for the treatment of animals.

“Obviously it’s a little dangerous for the animal to have them tied all the time and if they’re not supervised they could wrap themselves around whatever they’re attached to, they could hurt themselves, but more than that , only the general public when you keep a dog tethered…studies have shown that it tends to make a dog more aggressive,” says Acox.

Here’s what you need to know:

-Dog owners can no longer keep dogs tied up with chains and unattended in extreme weather conditions for long periods of time.

-Pet owners must provide safe shelter, shade and clean water for dogs.

-The 24-hour waiting period for law enforcement to intervene if a dog is mistreated has been removed, allowing police to act quickly in inhumane situations.

-If dog owners fail to follow the law, they could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor and fined up to $500. Repeat offenders could spend up to 180 days in jail and pay up to $2,000 in fines.

For more information on the Safe Outdoors Acts, click here.

Norman D. Briggs