AUSTIN, TX - MAY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

From Austin NBC affiliate KXAN:

Abbott referred to as Senate Bill 474, referred to as the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, “micro-managing” and mentioned, “Texas is no place for this kind of over-criminalization.”

The bipartisan act would have made it a Class C misdemeanor if somebody knowingly leaves a canine exterior unattended whereas restrained until the proprietor can present:

  • Adequate shelter
  • An space that enables the canine to keep away from standing water, urine or feces or in any other case trigger hurt to the canine
  • Shade from direct daylight
  • Potable water

The act goes on to say homeowners couldn’t use a series to restrain the canine, or a tether that has weights hooked up or is shorter than 10 toes or 5 occasions the size of the canine measured from nostril to tail. It additionally stipulates that the canine’s collar or harness “fit properly.”

If you’re not satisfied these legal guidelines are needed, right here’s an explainer from the Humane Society of the United States. In quick, there are lots of people on this nation who both don’t know, or don’t care, concerning the harsh situations many canine endure after they’re chained exterior for hours and hours on finish, typically in brutal climate situations. If you have got the abdomen for it, you may also do a Google picture search on “chained dogs,” although I don’t essentially advocate it.

Requiring ample shelter, water, shade, and a comparatively clear space is crucial—and actually the least our elected representatives can compel we people to do.

In truth, most members of the Texas legislature—which is hardly a hotbed of bleeding-heart animal rights activism—thought this was an vital invoice. The bipartisan laws handed the state Senate 28-3 and the House 83-32.

But Abbott? He doesn’t care. And now his indifference has earned him the hashtag #AbbottHatesDogs. Maybe if sufficient liberals invade Texans’ backyards to show their canine crucial race principle, Abbott will signal a invoice requiring them to remain inside. But since that’s unlikely to occur, this invoice was canine’—and canine lovers’—greatest hope.

Those hopes are actually crushed, because of this slobbery St. Bernard sphincter who’s cosplaying as a statesman.

“This bill—which was carried with active support from sheriffs, law enforcement and animal control [officers]—would have clarified the vague language that makes the statute completely unenforceable,” Texas Humane Legislative Network Executive Director Shelby Bobosky told the Austin American-Statesman. “All the elements Gov. Abbott cited as ‘micromanagement’ were carefully negotiated compromises that addressed concerns from lawmakers in both parties to strike the right balance for our diverse state.”

Of course, Abbott didn’t confine his awfulness to animal welfare points. He additionally vetoed a invoice that will have required center colleges and excessive colleges to supply classes on stopping baby abuse and different types of household violence. His reasoning? Because it “fails to recognize the right of parents to opt their children out of the instruction.” 

Holy shit.

He additionally vetoed a invoice that will have decreased penalties for prison trespassing as a result of it might have “hurt tools to arrest homeless people and immigrants at the border,” in keeping with The Week. Abbott additionally nixed a section of the Texas budget that funds the state legislature, to spite Democrats who walked out of the final legislative session in an effort to block the state’s anti-democratic elections invoice. 

Say, possibly Abbott needs to be extra involved that Texas’ conservative hegemony has made all of it however unimaginable for his state to keep its fucking lights on

Or he may simply torment a number of canine and name it a day. His alternative.

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