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Assessing Texas Anti-Tethering Dog Bite Laws

Posted by John J. Kahn, Jr. | Mar 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Texas dog bite law HB-1141 restricts dog owners to a certain amount of time that they can chain up their dogs. If dogs are tied up for too long, they can show aggression, which can result in dog bites. If this law is broken, a Houston dog bite lawyer can help you prove liability to pursue compensation for your injuries.

The Humane Society of the United States reports that dogs who are tied up for long periods of time "become lonely, bored and anxious, and they can develop aggressive behaviors.” Specifically, chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to attack humans than unchained dogs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Currently, the Texas dog bite law still allows for dogs to be tethered and prohibits tethering only: 
  • between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. for more than 3 hours;
  • during extreme weather conditions; or
  • within 500 feet of a school. 
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a dog bite attack, due to an owner's negligence to abide by the Texas dog bite law, consult a Houston dog bite lawyer to talk about your legal rights and determine if there is a way for you to seek legal retribution for injuries and damages endured.

Contacting a Dog Bite Lawyer in Houston

An attorney at The Kahn Law Firm will investigate how the dog bite occurred, interview neighbors and witnesses, and determine whether any city statutes or regulations were violated.

Additionally, if a parent or child of an injury victim witnessed the violent attack or death, Texas law allows for that person to sue for mental anguish and have a bystander claim. Contact us today at 1-713-226-9900 or 1-844-301-KAHN so we can get started on your dog bite claim.

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