This new law is called the SODA, or Safe Outdoor Dog Act. It entered into force on January 18.
HOUSTON — Freezing temperatures aren’t just tough on us, but they can also be especially tough on our pets.
Over the past few days, the Houston Humane Society has taken in an influx of dogs due to this arctic explosion, and they expect more to arrive since a new law recently went into effect.
This new law is called the SODA, or Safe Outdoor Dog Act. It came into force on January 18 and states that owners are no longer allowed to use a chain to tie their dogs outside and if they want to keep dogs outside in bad weather they must have adequate shelter. Adequate shelter includes, but is not limited to, insulation and access to food and water.
The Harris County Animal Cruelty Task Force said it has received more than 500 concerning calls so far. Currently, they primarily educate landlords about the law when answering these calls.
The Humane Society hopes this new law will ensure these “best friends” stay safe and warm.
“The hope is that people will listen and bring their pets inside,” said Angelina Saucedo, marketing manager for the Houston Humane Society. “Unfortunately, for those who do not receive this message, please be aware that a new law is in effect and you may be fined for keeping your pets outside. There are officers on the scene at this time. time who receive reports from people about neighbors not having their pets properly cared for.
The Houston Humane Society offers a variety of pet resources designed to help owners avoid having to abandon their beloved pets, including pet food aidfree sterilization, sterilization and veterinary needs and free kennels for dogs.
To report SODA violations, you can call 832-927-7297.