A dog stands guard while chained outside its Lufkin home earlier this week. While the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act goes into effect on Tuesday, the Lufkin City Council will deliberate an ordinance prohibiting all tethering within city limits.

Dog owners statewide need to prepare for the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act that goes into effect Tuesday. In Lufkin, however, residents might need to make additional preparations as the city council deliberates an anti-tethering ordinance.

“It is my hope that this new bill will raise the awareness of how our animals are treated,” local animal advocate Molly James said.

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