If you have known me for any amount of time you probably already know that I am a HUGE dog lover.

There is nothing that will get under my skin faster than seeing a dog left out in the cold. I am willing to admit I can be a little crazy about it. I am the person that will go knock on a strangers door and ask them to bring their dog inside or they should give it up for adoption. Because let's be real. if you can't take of the dog then you should have it for real.

After doing some research I discovered that a lot of other people felt the same way. In the state of Texas, there are actually many laws against leaving non-Livestock Animals such as dogs, cats, etc. in the cold.

Failure to provide it with proper shelter, food or care, according to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas. Without providing for some type of shelter to keep the dog warm, along with food and water that is not frozen, keeping a dog outside in the winter falls under the category of cruelty.

Bill 1411 prevents the tethering or restraint of a dog kept outside in extremely cold weather, under 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

As of Sept. 1, 2001, this law made acts of animal cruelty punishable by a $10,000 fine and a two-year jail sentence.

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