The Growing Anti-Tethering Movement in Texas

Chained dogLast year Texas passed a law restricting tethering and chaining of dogs. Since then, Texas cities seem to have lined up to ban tethering and chaining of dogs altogether.

Fort Worth is the latest to join this growing movement to protect dogs as well as people by banning tethering or chaining of dogs. Under the new law it is illegal to use a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable or other device to attach an unattended dog to a stationary object or trolley system.

There are few exceptions: a lawful animal event, city dog park, veterinary treatment, grooming, training or law enforcement activity or when it is necessary for safety reasons and the owner or handler is present.

Violators face fines up to $2,000 though local Animal Care and Control plans to work with residents first, educating them on the cruelty and dangers of tethering or chaining dogs and providing information about alternative methods of confinement.

Irving and Austin, Texas have okayed similar bans. In Austin any outdoor enclosure where dogs stay primarily must have at least 150 square feet of space for each dog over 6 months of age.  Click here for a copy of Austin’s ordinance.

Dallas may be next with a ban.

Click here for more on the restrictions placed on tethering or chaining by the state of Texas last year. If your community is looking for a model ordinance to ban or limit tethering or chaining, contact Animal Law Coalition. For information about the cruelty and dangers of tethering and chaining dogs, click here.