A Brand New Day for Texas Outdoor Dogs – Texas Humane Network

On October 25, 2021, after the most contentious Texas legislative session in memory, the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act was signed into law. THLN never wavered during the six-year quest to pass this legislation, even when it was targeted by an extremist lawmaker and unexpectedly vetoed.

Texas dogs and the communities where they reside deserve a common-sense, balanced policy governing the restraint of dogs outdoors. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which goes into effect January 18, 2022, achieves that by:

  • Defining adequate shelter to protect dogs from extreme temperatures, inclement weather, and standing water. Previously, there was no definition for shelter, thus tethered dogs routinely perished from exposure.
  • Requiring access to drinkable water. Before the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, state law did not include this vital requirement.
  • Requiring safe restraints. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act strikes the use of chains. Other means of restraint, such as cable tie-outs, may be used so long as they are correctly attached to a collar or harness designed to restrain a dog.

Arguably the most significant change wrought by the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act is removing the 24-hour warning period that allowed bad actors to flout the law. Officers can take immediate action for tethered dogs in distress from now on.

Exceptions to the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act
The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not prevent owners from tethering dogs. The law requires that unattended dogs are tethered in a way that keeps them and the people around them safe, and there are several exceptions to the law. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act does not apply to dogs who are:

  • Attached to a cable-tie out or trolley system.
  • Camping or using other public recreational areas.
  • Herding livestock or assisting with farming tasks.
  • Hunting or participating in field trials.
  • In an open-air truck bed while the owner completes a temporary task.

Restraining Dogs Without Using Chains
The American Veterinary Medical Association and the Center for Disease Control agree that chaining dogs is an inappropriate method of restraint. Not only do chains tangle, rust, and break, but they often cause pain and injury.

Conversely, cable tie-outs and trolley systems are designed to restrain dogs, so they are lightweight, strong, and flexible. On average, they cost between $15-$30 and are easy to find in stores and online. Below are links to highly rated cable tie-outs and trolley systems:

  1. Tumbo Trolley Dog Containment System
  2. Expawlorer Dog Tie Out Cable
  3. Boss Pet Prestige Skyline Trolly
  4. BV Pet Heavy Extra-Large Tie Out Cable
  5. Petest Trolley Runner Cable
  6. XiaZ Dog Runner Tie Out Cable

Watch this short video to see examples of cable tie-outs recommended by a company that rates affordable pet products. Always install cable tie-outs and trolley systems according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Voluntary Water Restrictions in Place

The City of Houston and the Central Harris County Regional Water Authority (CHCRWA) have both implemented Stage 1 of their respective Drought Contingency Plans. As a customer of the CHCRWA, Harris County MUD 150 is required to implement Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) immediately.

Voluntary Water Use Restrictions Applicable to Customers. Customers are requested to voluntarily limit the irrigation of landscaped and other areas, and to irrigate said areas only between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. on the following days as follows:

  • Customers with even numbered addresses and those responsible for watering common areas such as esplanades, parks and sports fields should limit irrigation to Even Numbered Dates
  • Customers with odd numbered addresses should limit irrigation to Odd Numbered Dates

Additionally, customers are requested to practice water conservation and to minimize or discontinue non-essential water uses such as vehicle washing, power washing or spraying down surfaces (other than for fire protection), gutter flushing, and refilling swimming pools, hot tubs or aesthetic fountains (except those that support aquatic life).  Customers are also encouraged to take action to repair any known water leaks.

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Attention Mud 150 residents,

The dropbox payment option is temporarily suspended until further notice due to individuals breaking into the dropbox window at WWWMS’s office late Sunday night early Monday morning.

Once the Board of Directors has determined a new dropbox location, we will inform all residents.

For other payment options, please go to the Water Info tab or click the following link https://www.hcmud150.com/water.

If you have any questions, please contact WWWMS 281-895-8547 or send your questions through the Contact page.