With all of the cold weather going on in Texarkana, we keep our dog in our laundry room or in the garage with a heater to keep her warm. On my way to work, I noticed a few dogs running around in their backyards in the cold and I hoped they were just on bathroom breaks. But one house troubled me. There was a dog tied up in the yard. It had a house, but because of the lack of a fence I understand it needed to be tied up but it still seemed wrong.

Did you know it was illegal to have a dog tied up in Texarkana, Texas? The actual law from animallawinfo.com reads as follows:

Owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog's movement during certain times of day or during extreme weather

A restraint unreasonably limits a dog's movement if the restraint is a length shorter than the greater of 5x the length of the dog or 10 feet.
Also if it s in an unsafe condition or causes injury to the dog.
Law does not apply to running line, pulley, or trolley system if the collar meets requirements.

Violation is a Class C misdemeanor,  or Class B misdemeanor if previously convicted.

The state or Arkansas has no laws on the books for tied up animals. What do you think about tied up dogs?