Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed Senate Bill 474, known as the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, that would have made it illegal to leave dogs chained up outside without drinkable water, adequate shade or shelter.
The bill passed in the Senate 28-3 and the House 83-32.
From the Texas Tribune:
Abbott said Texas already has the statutes in place to protect dogs from animal cruelty, and the penalties proposed in Lucio’s bill seemed excessive.
“Texas is no place for this kind of micro-managing and over-criminalization,” he said in the veto statement.
Shelby Bobosky, executive director of Texas Humane Legislation Network, a nonprofit that lobbies in support of animal rights, said the organization’s members are devastated by the veto, and the bill would have “clarified the vague language that makes the statute completely unenforceable.”
The hashtag #AbbottHatesDogs began trending on Twitter soon after Abbott’s veto.
— Nikki Smith (@kennahgramma) June 22, 2021
I’m Piper. When I was just a little dog, a mean man beat me and locked me up without food until some nicer people rescued me. Then I found my fur-ever family and now I’m almost 15. But I still don’t like mean men. #AbbottHatesDogs pic.twitter.com/idrSG6cz38
— Cindy (@CindyHoke) June 22, 2021
— Jay (@Alpha_Animosity) June 22, 2021
I have to hand it to the governor. “Anti-voting rights, pro-animal cruelty” is a bold re-election message. pic.twitter.com/bw6JoqC1U2
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 22, 2021
This was one of 18 dogs chained up in a yard, & he was too scared to go near anyone. Nephew Dylan coaxed him out of his hiding place so a rescue group could take him to a cozier home.
Dogs know who the good people are. #AbbottHatesDogs pic.twitter.com/mFnsezsdym
— Lynne Kelly 🐘🐳 (@LynneKelly) June 22, 2021
What kind of person veto’s a dog cruelty bill?
Wow Texas….. WOW#AbbottHatesDogs
— Maddog (@Maddog4Biden) June 22, 2021
— Candace Smith (@Candecided) June 22, 2021