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Gov. Abbott vetoes bipartisan anti-dog chain bill. Twitter responds with #AbbottHatesDogs.

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Texans love their dogs, no doubt. But now, some Texans are calling out Gov. Greg Abbott, alleging that he does not. 

The Republican governor killed a bill Friday to expand animal cruelty laws and make the unlawful restraint of a dog a criminal offense.

Senate Bill 474, better known as the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, would provide greater protections for dogs, banning the use of heavy chains to tether dogs, requiring animal control and shelters to scan lost dogs for microchips and giving tax breaks to pet rescue facilities.

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Animal control officers, law enforcement agencies, county prosecutors and animal advocates called for reform to the existing tethering law passed nearly 15 years ago to prevent cruel and inhumane tethering. 

The Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN), a nonprofit that promotes anti-cruelty…

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