Bastrop, Texas

No dog may be kept tethered.

Sec. 2.06.008 – Restraint requirements for dogs on private property.

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether unless the person is holding the chain or tether.

(b) The prohibition in subsection (a) does not apply to a temporary restraint, which temporary restraint shall not be longer than is necessary for the owner to complete a temporary task that requires the dog to be restrained occurring:

(1) During a lawful animal event, veterinary treatment, grooming, training, or law enforcement activity;

(2) During a period that is necessary to protect the safety or welfare of a person or the dog, if the dog’s owner or handler remains in visual proximity to the dog throughout the period of restraint;

(3) While the owner is engaged in, or actively training for, an activity for which the license issued is associated with the use or presence of a dog.

(c) If temporary restraint is allowed as per subsection (b), above, then during any such temporary restraint, a person may not restrain a dog:

(1) In a manner that does not allow the dog to have access to necessary food, shelter and water;

(2) In a manner that allows the dog to move outside the person’s property;

(3) In the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:

(A) The actual or effective temperature is below thirty-two (32) degrees Fahrenheit;

(B) A heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority, or jurisdiction; or

(C) A hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service;

(4) Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. or 6:00 a.m.;

(5) Within 500 feet of the premises of a school;

(6) By use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement. A restraint unreasonably limits a dog’s movement if the restraint:

(A) Uses a collar that is pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type or one that is not properly fitted to the dog;

(B) Is a length shorter than the greater of:

(i) Five (5) times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip the of dog’s nose to the base of the dog’s tail; or

(ii) Ten (10) feet;

(7) In an unsafe condition; or

(8) In a manner that causes or may cause injury to the dog.

(d) A person restraining a dog with a chain or tether, whether the chain or tether is held by the person or attached to an inanimate object during a period of temporary restraint, shall attach the chain or tether to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog. A person may not wrap a chain or tether directly around the dog’s neck. A person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether that weighs more than 1/18 of the animal’s body weight. A chain or tether used to restrain a dog must, by design and placement, be unlikely to become entangled.

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