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Denying Proper Shelter to Man's Best Friend Is Not Only Inhumane - It's Against the Law.

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- In the coldest winter in 30 years, concerned citizens are citing an alarming number of dogs being kept outdoors on chains or in pens with little or no protection from the extremities ex·trem·i·ty  
n. pl. ex·trem·i·ties
1. The outermost or farthest point or portion.

2. The greatest or utmost degree: the extremity of despair.

 of weather.

Texas Humane Legislation Network urges you to report such cases to your local animal control officer, animal welfare agency, police department or county sheriff's department if outside the city limits.

Texas' animal cruelty statute (Penal Code, Chapter 42) makes it a Class A misdemeanor misdemeanor, in law, a minor crime, in contrast to a felony. At common law a misdemeanor was a crime other than treason or a felony. Although it might be a grave offense, it did not affect the feudal bond or take away the offender's property. By the 19th cent.  to fail to provide an animal with necessary food, water, care or shelter. Texas' Health and Safety Code, Chapter 821, provides local law enforcement officials the authority to seize cruelly treated animals and place them under the protection of a local animal welfare agency.

Current state laws enacted to protect animals from abuse and neglect can be found on the Texas Humane Legislation Network's website at State laws, however, are only effective if local law enforcement officials investigate cruelty reports and enforce the law.

If state laws are not being enforced in your city or county, contact your mayor, city council or county commissioners' court with specific examples along with detailed information and ask that those laws be enforced. Encourage other caring and responsible citizens in your community to do the same.

THLN commends Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada for his pro-active efforts to protect animals from this winter's freezing temperatures. Mayor Ahumada urges pet owners to bring their companion animals inside from the cold. If a pet cannot be kept inside, the City of Brownsville has made its animal shelter "Dog Pound" redirects here. For the rap group, see Tha Dogg Pound.

An animal shelter is a facility that houses homeless, lost or abandoned animals; primarily a large variety of dogs and cats.
 available and has opened an additional shelter to provide temporary care for pets during the winter weather. City of Brownsville Animal Control officers patrol the streets to intervene on behalf of animals found suffering in the outdoor elements and to issue citations to their owners for leaving them in the cold.

THLN is a nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.

Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law.
, nonpartisan non·par·ti·san  
Based on, influenced by, affiliated with, or supporting the interests or policies of no single political party: a nonpartisan commission; nonpartisan opinions.
 organization that lobbies for effective state laws to protect animals from cruelty.

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