Kennel Safety Bill Passes Two Years After Deadly Georgetown Fire


House Bill 2063 is headed to the Governor’s desk after passing both chambers of the Texas Legislature this week. Authored by State Representative James Talarico, the bill increases safety requirements in Texas kennels.

In 2021, a devastating fire broke out in a Georgetown pet boarding facility. Unfortunately, there was no staff on-site, and the fire grew, taking the lives of all 75 dogs boarding at the time. After the fire, dog lovers and community advocates came together to organize a petition that garnered over 17,000 signatures from across the country calling for legislative solutions to keep dogs in kennels safe.

In response, legislation was filed to install adequate safety measures to protect our furry friends. House Bill 2063 requires kennels to disclose to pet owners if a dog or cat will be left unattended or left in a facility that does not have a fire sprinkler system.

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