LUFKIN, Texas (KETK) — The city of Lufkin hosted a Q&A on Tuesday aimed at helping people learn more about a new rule that affects all pet owners. The town of Lufkin voted for a clearer ban on animal attachment, and the Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County helped organize an information session at the Kurth Memorial Library.
After March 1, dog tethering will no longer be permitted within the city limits of Lufkin, making state law no longer enforceable. Lufkin officials say they don’t want to give citations to anyone and want everyone to understand the law.
“State law was rather difficult to enforce and basically set out specific guidelines on when people could get attached. So the state law wasn’t really anti-tethering even though that was the intent. So the city has passed an ordinance and we are currently in what we consider our educational phase,” said Lufkin City Communications Director Jessica Pebsworth. “So whenever people report a dog being tied up in a yard, animal control or an offer from the police will come out and educate the dog’s owner.”
Lufkin Animal Services and the Winnie Berry Humane Society of Angelina County have come together to discuss the law with the community and provide animal fencing resources for people who may need them.
“Our new city ordinance prohibits any form of connection, period. While state law allows you to still tie an animal but you cannot use a chain. You must use some other form of tie-down hardware, such as a cable or other type of tie-down. Our ordinance completely prohibits it. We have decided to do the same with many other cities in Texas that have been doing this for some time. Again, the goal is to protect public safety and prevent negligence from happening in the first place,” said Lufkin Animal Services Director Aaron Ramsey.
Lufkin officials say that to stay in compliance with the city’s ordinance, animals should only be restrained temporarily as long as the owner accompanies the animal. Violating this new city ordinance is considered a Class C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of up to $500. If you see an animal tied illegally, you can report it to the City of Lufkin at 936-633-0356.