AUSTIN (KXAN) – Bills introduced in the 2021 fire that killed 75 dogs at a Georgetown pet resort passed both houses of the Texas legislature this week.
House Bill 2063 It is intended to increase safety requirements in Texas kennels. The bill is now heading to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk, where it could be signed.
In September 2021, a fire at the Ponderosa Pet Resort killed 75 dogs from 59 families. None of the facility’s staff were on site at the time, and there was no sprinkler system.
city of georgetown told KXAN Since then, federal and state standards, as well as fire codes, have not required a sprinkler system for a facility of this type and size.
After the fire, dog lovers and community advocates organized petitions calling for legal solutions to keep dogs safe in kennels, with 17,000 across the country, according to Congressman James Tallarico. Collected more signatures.
In response, Tallarico introduced House Bill 2063, which allows kennels to be made available to pet owners if dogs or cats are left unattended or in establishments without fire sprinkler systems, according to representatives. required to disclose.
“The Georgetown fire was truly heartbreaking. My heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones,” Talarico said. “After the fire, our community rallied and called for action. Our laws will ensure that an accident like this never happens again in Texas.”
The bill is awaiting Mr. Abbott’s signature.
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