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Governor Greg Abbott vetoes animal cruelty bill, author of SB 474 reacts

SB 474, a bill that would have expanded animal cruelty laws, has been vetoed by Governor Greg Abbott. “We were just completely blindsided when we saw that veto at 11 pm on Friday night,” said Stacy Sutton Kerby, Director of Government Relations at the Texas Humane Legislation Network. “This was a chance for the governor and for the state of Texas to keep dogs in our community safer and we are heartbroken to know that these incidents will continue because we did not take the chance to make it right.”

Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes criminal justice bills, legislation to protect dogs, teach kids about domestic violence

Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed 20 bills that were passed during this year’s legislative session, including two criminal justice priorities of the House speaker, legislation that would have banned tethering dogs outside with heavy chains, and a bill that would have required students to be taught about the perils of domestic violence.