Galveston County, Texas


No dog shall be tethered between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. or during extreme weather conditions.

  1. Unlawful Restraint of a Dog – Anti-Tethering Law (THSC Section 821.077)

An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement:

  • Between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am;
  • Within 500 feet of the premises of a school; or
  • In the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:
    • The actual or effective outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit;
    • A heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority or jurisdiction; or
    • A hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado warning has been issued for the jurisdiction by the National Weather Service.

In this section, a restraint unreasonably limits a dog’s movement if the restraint:

  • Uses a collar that is pinch- type, prong-type, or choke-type or that is not properly fitted to the dog;
  • Is a length shorter than the greater of:
    • Five times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the dog’s tail; or
    • 10 feet;
  • Is in an unsafe condition; or
  • Causes injury to the dog.
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