#AbbottHatesDogs started trending after the Texas Gov. vetoed bill protecting chained dogs

Texas Governor Greg Abbott vetoed a bill protecting chained dogs, leading #AbbottHatesDogs to trend on Twitter.

The bipartisan bill aimed to eliminate legal loopholes regarding the shelter and restraint of dogs. Senate Bill 474, titled the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, prohibited the use of heavy chains to tether dogs.

With support from both Republicans and Democrats, the legislation passed in the House 83-32 and the Senate 28-3. Defending his decision, Governor Abbott claimed Texas already enforces established animal cruelty laws. He wrote, “Senate Bill 474 would compel every dog owner, on pain of criminal penalties, to monitor things like the tailoring of the dog’s collar, the time the dog spends in the bed of a truck, and the ratio of tether-to-dog length, as measured from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail. Texas is no place for this kind of micro-managing and over-criminalization.”

As a Republican governor, Abbott has passed numerous bills and lifted regulations that seek to manage Americans. For instance, Texas was one of the first states to fully reopen, lift mask mandates, and implement constitutional carry laws.



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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