Texas governor facing backlash over animal cruelty bill veto

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — #AbbottHatesDogs is trending on Twitter after Texas governor Greg Abbott vetoed the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act.

The bill would have made it illegal to chain and keep dogs outside in extreme weather without adequate shade, shelter or drinking water. It also called for a ban on chaining dogs with heavy metal equipment.

Proponents of the bill are taking to Twitter with the hashtag, posting photos of rescue dogs who were subject to abuse.

Some hashtag users are also employing #BetoLovesDogs, showing support for the former Texas congressman and 2020 Democratic president hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who is speculated to attempt to unseat Abbott.

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