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On Monday, the Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee passed Senate Bill 5, which seeks to regulate tethering in the state.

Senate Bill 5 is very similar to Senate Bill 474, which was passed but then vetoed by the governor.  It provides guidelines for how a dog may be tethered, and includes many exemptions for training, hunting, walking a dog on a leash, and other activities that require a dog to be temporarily restrained.  Read AKC’s previous alert for more information or click on the link above to read the current bill.

Those who wish to contact their State Senator regarding Senate Bill 5 may do so by visiting the Texas Capitol’s website and typing your address in the “Who Represents Me?” form.

AKC Government Relations continues to closely monitor Texas legislation.  For more information, contact AKC GR at