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Posted on: May 7, 2018

Mesquite’s new ordinance to prohibit unattended animal tethering takes effect July 1

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Mesquite, TX – May 7, 2018 – Effective July 1, a new city ordinance takes effect in Mesquite that prohibits tethering of dogs unless the owner is physically present within the outdoor area where the dog is tethered and the dog is in view of the owner at all times. Dogs must also have access to water and shelter at all times and be confined by a fence of sufficient strength, height and durability to prevent the animal’s escape. Visit www.cityofmesquite.com/BePetFriendly for more information.

In addition, dogs may not be left outside when temperatures are below freezing; a heat advisory has been issued by the a local or state authority or jurisdiction; or a hurricane, tropical storm or tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Any person violating these provisions is subject to be found guilty of a Class C Misdemeanor and a fine not to exceed $500 for each offense. Each day or portion of a day in violation constitutes as a separate offense.

Residents in need of assistance to contain their pet(s) or provide shelter are encourage to call Mesquite Animal Services at 972-216-6283.

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