In October of 2021, Governor Greg Abbott signed the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act into law. It bans the use of chains for tethering dogs.

That law and all of its restrictions and exemptions are already in effect statewide. The City of Lufkin has voted to adopt an even more clear ban on all tethering.

After March 1st, 2022 canine tethering is not allowed within the Lufkin city limits. This makes the law more enforceable with only one exception being leashes used in the company of owners or caretakers.

Anti-Tethering Information Session Coming To Kurth Memorial Library 

The City of Lufkin doesn't want to give these citations to anyone. They just want everyone to be aware of and follow the law.

Join the City Of Lufkin's Animal Services Director Aaron Ramsey for an anti-tethering information session at Kurth Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 at 5 pm. There will be a question and answer portion at the end of the presentation.

Winnie Berry Humane Society officials will also be there to discuss financial assistance options for fencing available through charitable organizations. They will be there to help keep Lufkin dog owners compliant with the new law.

What Is The Fine For Violating The Anti-Tethering Law In Lufkin, Texas 

After March 1st, 2022 violating this new city ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor. It is punishable by a fine of up to $500.

This focus on education in the days leading up to the start of the new ordinance will hopefully reduce the number of violations handed out. Tethering can be reported to the city at 936-633-0356.

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