Too many dogs spend their entire lifetime cruelly tethered, confined to a small radius where they live out their days in all kinds of weather, wondering what’s beyond, wondering what they did wrong, longing for human interaction that never comes.
Why do we sentence our “Best Friend” to years of entrapment with absolutely no quality of life?
Please visit and read this article by TheHumaneSociety.org for more on information on tethering, why it is cruel, and the negative effects caused by chaining our dogs outside.
The state of Texas has a law in place, HB 1411, that has been in effect since 2007, that regulates the tethering of dogs.
Texas Dog Tethering Laws
This law forbids tethering for longer than 3 hours, and in cases of extreme weather, but dogs on trolley systems are excluded from this protective law, as if this makes them any safer than being tethering directly to a fixed object. Also, timed tethering limits have proven to be ultimately inneffective, as they are practically impossible to enforce. State law is worded so ambiguously that it is often left up for interpretation by the individual officer called to the scene.
That is why this petition aims to eliminate all unsupervised tethering of any form (via direct tethering, or trolley system) with the exception of certain unique or special circumstances.
A county ordinance banning all unsupervised tethering of dogs could end the suffering and torment of our companion animals. Support Smith County, Texas joining the numerous other compassionate, humane, pet-friendly cities and counties nationwide that have successfully enacted this ordinance.