We all know someone who has been bitten by a dog at some point in our lives. These incidents affect hundreds, if not thousands of Texans each year, but it is a largely untold story in our communities that dogs restrained outside by their owners are actually more dangerous than roaming packs of dogs.

How we restrain and shelter dogs outside can actually cause them to become more aggressive, and more likely to lash out at an unsuspecting person. A dog unlawfully and inhumanely kept on a chain for hours, days or even years, without adequate access to shade or shelter from extreme Texas weather, is unable to retreat from perceived or real threats and can develop severe behavior problems and act out aggressively toward other animals, humans and especially children when approached.

ALEXANDRA JOHNSON is the director of Investigations for Animal Investigations and Response and a Texas Humane Legislation Network ambassador.

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