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Posted on: July 12, 2019

CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT ORDINANCE

ORDINANCE NO. 2019-20 

AN ORDINANCE RELATED TO THE UNLAWFUL RESTRAINT OF AN ANIMAL; CREATING AN OFFENSE WITHIN THE CITY OF TAYLOR, TEXAS; PROVIDING FOR A FINE OR PENALTY OF THIS ORDINANCE AS A MISDEMEANOR SUBJECT TO A FINE NOT TO EXCEED $500.00 FOR EACH OFFENSE, EXCEPT HOWEVER, WHERE DIFFERENT PENALTY HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED BY STATE LAW FOR SUCH OFFENSE, IN WHICH EVENT THE PENALTY SHALL BE FIXED BY STATE LAW AND IF DEEMED A VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISIONAL LAW THAT GOVERNS FIRE SAFETY, ZONING, OR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SANITATION, THE PENALTY SHALL NOT EXCEED THE SUM OF $2,000.00 FOR EACH OFFENSE; AND HAVING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AND HAVING A REPEALER CLAUSE;PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND HAVING A PUBLICATION CLAUSE.

The ordinance stipulates that an owner may not leave an animal outside and unattended by use of a restraint unless the owner provides the animal access to adequate shelter, an area that allows the animal to avoid standing water, shade from direct sunlight, and potable water.  An owner may not restrain an animal outside and unattended by use of a restraint that is a chain; has weights attached; is shorter in length than the greater of, a) five times the length of the animal, as measured from the tip of the animal's nose to the base of the animal's tail, or b) 10 feet; is not attached to a properly fitted collar or harness; or causes pain or injury to the animal.  There are a few exceptions.  Click here for a complete copy of this ordinance.