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Dog Duty: Laws About Dogs in Texas

Dog Duty: Laws About Dogs in Texas

Dog Duty: Laws About Dogs in TexasTexas_state_seal

Texas has a reputation of being a no nonsense state. This extends to their laws about dog ownership and owner responsibilities. They are so aggressive in their enforcement of laws that animal law enforcement officers have been featured on TV in the program Animal Cops Huston. In the program camera crews follow around enforcement officers, recording the lengths that they will go through in their daily efforts.

The work as a dog catcher/animal enforcement officer is so intense, that in Huston Texas, perspective dogcatchers must submit to psychoanalysis before being hired. This is to ensure they can handle the emotional demands of working with the dogs and animals they encounter, not to mention the humans who may be guilty of abusing their pets.

Some of the more heavily enforced dog abuse laws in Texas are the laws about improper dog restraint. With the heat and dry weather of Texas, it is life threatening for a dog to be restrained outside without access to adequate shade and water. The specifics of these laws can be found at this website. They list the requirements of proper leashing and shelters. In fact, they come right out and say that chains are prohibited unless they are being physically held by a person. They cannot be used as a tether in any way.

This may paint the picture that Texas is out to get dog owners, when it is quite the contrary. A quick search of the web will show that many municipalities seek to support responsible dog ownership.
Huston for an example has a whole webpage dedicated to assisting residents in enjoying their pet.
On this page in particular, they talk about the “4’Ls” of safely owning a dog in Texas:
License
Leash
Latch
Love

One set of laws you should be aware of in Texas are the Pet Trader Ordinances. These laws prohibit anything but the legal sale of dog (this does not apply to shelter adoptions). According to this law, not only must the dog be sold, but they must be sold at the location they were bred. Why? It is our best guess that this law was put into place to prevent puppy mills. Those looking to purchase a dog (not adopt) must physically go to the location where the dog was born. This will help the future owner gage the health of the animal along with keeping public eyes on any breeding operation.

 

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5QqaFpcqZY

https://www.animallaw.info/statute/tx-dog-consolidated-dog-laws

https://www.petcentric.com/01-19-2012/odd-pet-laws

https://austintexas.gov/department/animal-protection-ordinances

Dog Duty: Laws about your dog and service dogs in Florida

Dog Duty: Laws about your dog and service dogs in Floridaseal

People in Florida love their dogs! We have some big fans in Florida and as a shout out to them, here are a few interesting laws that you may or may not be aware of.  Very important to the state of Florida, are some laws pertaining to offenses to service dogs that we would like to share with you. Also, on the other end of the stik, so speak, we dug up an interesting article in the Tampa Times, that deals with an amended ordinance on one of our favorite topics – handling dog waste!
First, what is neat about the following laws are their firm standing on police dogs, fire dogs and search and rescue dogs. As valued members of these various organizations, these laws offer protection for dogs and for the most part, are exempt from many quarantine and bite laws. You can check out the specifics of these laws here.

(Chapter 843 – Offenses against police dogs, fire dogs, SAR dogs, or police horses...)

 

As it is with all states, laws vary from municipality to municipality. Many jurisdictions have leash laws and ordinances pertaining to dog excrement on both residential and commercial property. (Handy that GoGo Stik can help you with that).  Many of these exist as a result of nuisance situations.  For instance, according to an interesting article in the Tampa Bay Times, ” St. Petersburg plugs loophole in pooper-scooper law 05/08/12″ (St. Petersburg),  City Council members approved an amended ordinance.   Assistant attorney Erica Smith, stated days before it went before the City Council,

” We’re going to enlarge it so now no property, whether residential or commercial, could have dog excrement on it to the extent that it creates a health hazard or a public nuisance.”

To us responsible dog owners, this means a lot of scooping and cleaning. The best part, is you can use any bag and save money while following the law. (Maybe that’s why Florida loves the GoGo Stik?)`

 

Disclaimer: These laws can vary by court of course and should not be taken as legal advice. Use your judgment when it comes to your pet care and be aware of local ordinances that may enhance or deter the laws mentioned above.

 

Links:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0700-0799/0767/0767.htm

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0800-0899/0843/Sections/0843.19.html

http://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/st-petersburg-plugs-loophole-in-pooper-scooper-law/1228966

Dog Duty: Laws About Owning a Dog in New York State:

Dog Duty! Laws About Owning a Dog in New York State:

Know your rights and responsibilities about owning a dog in New York.

Know your rights and responsibilities about owning a dog in New York.

The laws about dog ownership vary from state to state, municipality to municipality. In 2015 there have been several laws that relate to dog ownership in New York State (NYS). Be aware that the laws about your dog do vary from community to community. Check out some of these changes coming to NYS.

There are also a couple of bills in the capital to be aware of. Dog lovers everywhere should be celebrating these. On May 13, 2015, the NYS Senate approved a bill that now allows you to take Fido (Dexter is excited too) with you to your favorite outdoor café or restaurant (if the café permits it). There are a couple of rules that accompany this new law, your pooches cannot sit at the table top (in a seat) and the server cannot directly feed or pet your furry companion. These are the lines drawn by the food health folks.

Also, a proposed NY law if passed, will allow a civilian to break a car window to rescue a dog in extreme temperature conditions. Currently, this is only legal for law enforcement officers. NY would be the first state to pass such a law. Dog lovers the land over are celebrating!

Did You Know:

Did you know that in NYS, you are liable for injuries if you have a “beware of dog” sign posted and your dog bites someone. This sign infers that your dog is dangerous and as such, you must have control of your animal.

Also, if you DO NOT have a “beware of dog” sign, you are liable for not warning folks that you have a animal on the premises! … So what do you do? You put up a sign that says Guard Dog On Duty. This implies that a trained animal is on duty and folks should behave accordingly.

Disclaimer: These laws can vary by court of course and should not be taken as legal advice. Use your judgment when it comes to your pet care an be aware of local ordinances that may enhance or deter the laws mentioned above.  (GoGo Stik is not an attorney).

Article Links:

http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/ai/AILaws/article7.pdf

http://nypost.com/2015/06/16/ny-lawmakers-pass-bill-to-allow-dogs-at-outdoor-cafes/

http://www.buffalonews.com/feed/proposed-new-york-law-would-allow-onlookers-to-smash-a-car-window-to-save-an-animal-20150619

http://dogbitelaw.com/mixed-dog-bite-statute-states/new-york-dog-bite-law