Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently released his agenda for the third special session and included legislation similar to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which the governor vetoed during the regular legislative session.
“Gov. Abbott’s inclusion of the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act on the special session agenda is a huge step toward passing this bill before the next regular session in 2023,” said Stacy Sutton Kerby, director of government relations for the Texas Humane Legislation Network. “We are hopeful that we will be able to address the governor’s concerns and ensure a safer future for dogs across Texas.”
The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act establishes basic standards of shelter and care for dogs left outdoors and clarifies existing law to promote the safety of animals and the people around them. The bill was a top legislative priority for THLN and had the support of over 100 co-authors during the regular legislative session, as well as law enforcement and thousands of Texans across the state.
“There is no doubt that we would not have had a second opportunity to pass the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act this year without the dedication of our thousands of supporters across Texas and our legislative champions on both sides of the aisle,” said Kerby. “We will continue to fight and improve the lives of restrained outdoor dogs.”