Texas authorities have decided to put an end to dog chaining practice. This Tuesday, the House Committee on Public Health initiated a bill in order to set a strict guidelines strict guidelines for how a dog can be restrained. It does include some exceptions though (i.e. training, agriculture or camping).
One of the bill’s supporters and animal rights advocate Erin Van Landingham went to the State Capitol in order to show her support for the HB 1156.
For her, it’s unimaginable that the dogs could spend their life tied up, since she and her husband are the guardians of five dogs.
“It’s inhumane. Thousands of dogs in Texas are tethered in backyards, regardless of weather conditions”, Erin said to CBS Austin’s reporter.
Several calls a day, let alone a full week, regarding dogs being shackled is an alarm for Mark Sloat, member of Austin Animal Center. Conditions are oftentimes inhumane, as he claims that he saw everything.
“The animals have come in with terrible injuries to the neck,” says Mark..
There is one danger that surpasses the risk of all the others by far. Most recent case proved that the tragic outcome was just minutes away.
“That dog was hanging off a 6-foot privacy fence,” he says.
Some other alarming concerns are lack of protection from predators, as well as lack of shelter and water.
Sloat warned that being out of sight often means lack of attention comparing to the “family dogs”. Being out of sight comes along with being out of the owner’s mind, usually lacking even the most basic care.
Tethering ban is non-existent within Austin’s limits, and the city offers donation-driven fencing program in order to help families keep their pets in.