Texas Health and Safety Code

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.
Added by Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 674 (H.B. 1411), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2007.
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