Starting September 1, Texas Dog Owners need to keep their pets on a shorter leash and closer to them. A new law has passed that makes Dog Owners more responsible for their pets. I don't know if I quite agree with the harshness of the sentences, but I'm glad something has been done.
If a dog attacks and seriously injures someone, the owner can face up to 10 years in jail. If the dog attacks and it's fatal, the sentence is 20 years! Yes, 20 years!! Make sure you know where your dog is at all times.
What's interesting is that if the attack happens on the Dog Owner's own property, nothing happens because it's personal property. We're talking only about attacks that happen if a dog has gotten loose or possibly at a dog park, or anywhere else that is not within the confines of the owner's property.