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Selected Date: 3/7/2015

Health and Safety Code 821.077 on 3/7/2015


Text of section effective until January 18, 2022

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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