San Antonio: Safe Outdoor Dogs Act to take effect in one-week

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SAN ANTONIO (January 11, 2022) – A recently passed law aimed at improving humane care for our state's companion animals goes into effect on Tuesday, January 18th. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act (or Senate Bill No. 5) bans the use of chains for tethering outside dogs as well as mandates necessities such as shelter, shade, and clean water. Additionally, dog owners may only use humane tethers on their pets such as trolley systems or "ziplines" and all allowable tethers must be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness. Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $500.

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The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act mirrors two San Antonio ordinances already on the books and it further supports their enforcement by escalating penalties for repeat offenders. Residents who have previously been convicted of the law can face a Class B Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 180 days in the County jail and/or a fine up to $2 thousand dollars. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act was signed by Governor Greg Abbott in late October of last year after similarly passed legislation was vetoed earlier. Residents can learn more about Senate Bill No. 5 and other animal laws in our community by visiting

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