An update on an anti-dog gate bill passed by the Texas state legislature.
Read more: Texas House Bill 849 would allow the owners of pet stores, such as pet stores in Texas and PetSmart, to temporarily shut down their pet gates when a dog owner has been charged with a serious misdemeanor, such an animal cruelty, animal cruelty-related felony, or neglect.
Under the bill, the owner of a pet store can request a court order to temporarily close the gates, but it has to be accompanied by a written statement from the owner explaining why they want to close the pet store.
Pet stores in the state have to have a pet gate inspection policy that includes a “dog gate inspection notice.”
However, the bill is currently stalled in the Texas House of Representatives, where it has yet to make it out of committee.
In a statement, PetSmart said, “Pet stores are always encouraged to conduct pet gate inspections, which we do regularly to ensure the health and safety of our customers and pets.”
Wal-mart spokesperson Erin Wojciechowski said, We are a family-owned and operated company and we regularly conduct pet inspection programs to ensure our customers have access to the highest quality pet products and services.
The company said the pet gate program is “always in our top of mind and we always seek to provide the best customer experience.”
According to a Wal-Mac spokesperson, the company is working to implement an effective pet gate system in all of its stores.
The pet gate is a device that locks onto a pet’s collar and is usually attached to a dog’s collar to prevent it from escaping.
The device is placed in a dog crate and is typically attached to the dog’s leash, or with a tether.
When a dog has been reported as a “dangerous” or “unsafe” animal, the pet guard is removed and the dog can be released, but the pet may still be confined.
The dog’s owner must have a court or other valid reason to shut the gate.
A court order can also be obtained from a court for the pet to be allowed to enter the pet shop.
“We are working to ensure pet gate systems in our stores are in place,” Wal-Milliechows spokesperson Erin Korn said.
“In the meantime, we encourage our customers to call us at 1-800-543-4711 and have them request a pet gates inspection notice.
In order to protect our customers, we will continue to monitor pet gate conditions and policies to ensure we are meeting the health, safety and welfare of our animals.
We also urge pet owners to visit the store before visiting their pets and keep pet owners informed of any changes in the pet gates program.”
Read more at The Hill.