July 2, 2022


The dog specialists

Central Texas pet boarding kennels fire and safety rules

4 min read

In the weeks just after an right away fireplace at a Georgetown kennel killed 75 dogs, a petition contacting for bigger regulation and oversight of pet boarding amenities has gained a lot more than 18,000 signatures. 

No Central Texas city requires this kind of facilities exclusively to be geared up with sprinkler systems and staffed at all times, according to an American-Statesman survey of metropolis restrictions. And there are no state legal guidelines requiring sprinkler techniques in pet boarding services.

The Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown did not have a sprinkler method, and no one particular was present at the facility when it caught fireplace Sept. 18. 

Flowers and notes are left at the Ponderosa Pet Resort in Georgetown on Sept. 20 in memory of the 75 dogs who died in a fire there.

The Nationwide Fire Protection Association’s code recommends sprinkler security in kennels that don’t have 24-hour supervision. When a individual is on the premises, the group suggests only a hearth alarm.

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Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, filed a invoice this month, in the course of the third distinctive legislative session, to demand smoke detectors and sprinkler systems in kennels that do not have staffers current at all situations, with prison penalties for noncompliance. But the laws did not progress, and due to the fact Gov. Greg Abbott did not talk to the Legislature to address the challenge — the governor sets the agenda for a exclusive session — the bill had no probability of turning out to be regulation.

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