RPOA Texas Outreach
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance
POSITIONS ON BILLS FILED 2011
82nd Session of the Texas State
Bills are to be killed as they are fundamentally flawed
cannot be fixed with amendments. HSUS, ASPCA, PETA and
Humane Legislation Network (THLN) do NOT speak for us!
RPOA OPPOSES THESE BILLS AS TOP PRIORITY!
* HB 1451 by Thompson relating to
the licensing and regulation of commercial dog and cat breeders.
This bill is an HSUS national legislative agenda to
stop all breeding of pets and does not address animal cruelty. This is
not a commercial breeder bill as it regulates any breeder with more than
10 intact female dogs or cats. “You won’t know what’s in it until it
passes” because the rules aren’t written yet.
Rep. Thompson on Bill Substitute
Bill Analysis on the Substitute Bill
2nd Reading and Voting Record
3rd Reading and Final Voting Record
HB 1451 Engrossed Version - Passed House and Sent to Senate
HB 1451, the Enrolled (Final) Version
* HB 2116 by
Coleman relating to standards of care and confinement for dogs and
Condenses 9 pages of
HB 1451 down to 2 pages on regulating dog and cat breeders. Bans all
dog tethering; requires kennel size 150’ sq. ft. per dog over 6 months
of age; dogs can’t be left outside in extreme weather below 32 degrees
or during heat advisory, hurricane, tornado alerts but it’s “OK” for
cats. Major change to Animal Cruelty Statute.
Committee Substitute C.S.H.B. 2116 by Coleman
Second Committee Substitute C.S.HB 116
C.S.H.B. 2116 Final
* SB 1517 by Van de Putte relating to
sterilization of dogs and cats.
All dogs and cats over 6 months of age must be
sterilized or purchase an annual $50 Intact Animal Permit from local
animal control authority. Impounded animals also.
* SB 779 by Whitmire relating to a central
database containing information about certain persons who have been
convicted of or received a grant of deferred adjudication for certain
offenses involving animal cruelty.
Creates a Texas “Pet Offender Registry” for Animal
Cruelty (similar to a Sex Offender Registry for humans). This is an
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) national campaign that seeks to change
the legal status of animals from “property” to “personhood” in our legal
system which would effectively end all animal use by humans for any
reason. ALDF is an “animal rights” organization.
* HJR 44 by Larson proposing a
constitutional amendment to allow the voters of certain counties to
adopt a charter that restructures and empowers the county government and
that may allow the integration of the county government with certain
other political subdivisions located wholly or partly in the county.
Would allow consolidation of certain counties and
cities; all city animal ordinances such as pet limits and permits would
* HB 431 by Larson relating to the adoption
of a county charter by Bexar County.
Would allow consolidation of city and county
services in Bexar County.
* HB 3622 by Anderson, Rodney relating to
liability for the death of a pet
and Companion Identical Bill SB 1500 by Watson
Liability to the pet owner for damages but then
includes noneconomic damages awarded for the loss of companionship or
“society” of the pet. Another national Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
agenda driven bill to remove animals from their “property” status and
into “personhood.” ALDF is an “animal rights” organization.
* HB 963 by Hartnett relating to the costs
associated with proceedings regarding cruelly treated animals.
and Companion Identical Bill SB 541 by Carona
This is an attempt to make the appeals cost
prohibitive and force the owner to relinquish ownership of his animals
to shelters for resale. It is an attempt to prevent an appeal without
changing the statute to not allow appeals.
* HB 998 by McClendon relating to the civil
liability of and insurance requirements for owners of certain dogs.
Mandates civil liability and liability insurance
requirements of at least $100,000 for all breeds of dogs weighing 20 lbs
or more. It requires that owners of these dogs must have them leashed
at all times and kept in secure enclosures.
RPOA OPPOSES THESE BILLS
AS TIME ALLOWS
* HB 1389 by Hopson relating to the
criminal penalties for the owner of a dog that attacks another person.
Excessive penalties; existing law is adequate.
* HB 413 by Aycock relating to the
confidentiality of certain information held by a veterinarian.
Veterinary records should be confidential unless
there is a request from municipal governments about a dog or cat bite
and Rabies Vaccinations, not released for general public health issues
or ordinance. Our records shouldn’t be used for city ordinance
* HB 251 by Hilderbran relating to
regulation of dangerous wild animals
Wild animals listed include hybrids of species that
are now domesticated cat breeds registered by The International Cat
Association (TICA): Bengals, Savannahs, Chausies and other breeds.
Must be registered, 5 miles from a school, church or day care; two or
more acres for each animal registered; carry Liability Insurance.
Registration Fee charged cannot exceed $500 for each animal.
RPOA SUPPORTS THESE BILLS
* SB 275 by Uresti relating to
certain exceptions to the prohibition on hunting from a public road or
Amends existing law which had unintended
consequences on herpetologists and their hobby “herping” and making it
illegal to assist any animal crossing the road or picking it up for
veterinary treatment if needed.
* HB 2833 by White relating to
classification and care of working dogs.
* HB 3486 by Taylor of Collin relating to
municipal regulation of dogs used for search and rescue or law
* HB 1788 by Farias relating to capturing
reptiles and amphibians by nonlethal means.
Person must possess an annual reptile and amphibian
stamp issued to the person by the department in addition to possessing a
* SB 279 by Davis (Wendy) relating
to inclusion of pets and other companion animals in protective orders.
and Companion Identical Bill HB 323 by
* HB 1102 by Lucio III relating to the
penalty for theft of a pet.
* HB 1768 by Munoz, Jr. relating to the
regulation of roadside vendors and solicitors in certain counties.
THESE ANIMAL BILLS FOR INFORMATION ONLY,
* SB 1850 by Van de Putte relating to
appeals regarding cruelly treated animals.
* HB 3450 by Farrar relating to
restrictions on operations of public and private animal shelters.
“Model” Bill written by Nathan Winograd, founder of
No Kill Movement. Allows any public or private sheltering agency or
rescue group to sue another similar group to compel compliance with this
Act. This bill contains excessive mandates that could have unintended
* HB 1103 by Lucio III relating to
payment of a fee as a required condition of community supervision for
certain criminal offenses involving animal cruelty.
Payment of a $100 fee to a local animal shelter as
a required condition of community supervision.
* SB 958 by Wentworth relating to the
regulation of dangerous wild animals.
and Companion Identical Bill HB 1546 by Larson
* HB 1043 by Christian relating to creating
an offense for engaging in certain conduct relating to cockfighting and
to criminal and civil consequences of committing that offense.
and Companion Identical Bill SB 939 by Lucio
* HB 1919 by Price relating to a defense to
prosecution for the offense of cruelty to nonlivestock animals under
* HB 3487 by Taylor of Collin relating to
regulations concerning certain service animals.
* HB 3044 by Eissler relating to regulation
of certain activities on a public highway or road, right-of-way of a
public highway or road, or a parking lot.
* HB 3485 by Taylor of Collin relating to
use of human remains for training search and rescue animals.
* HB 3264 by Miller of Erath relating to
limiting liability of certain persons for farm animal activities.