dogs law goes into effect
By Michael V. Hannigan
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–The Henderson County animal control ordinance passed by
Commissioners Court late last month isn’t the only new law dog owners
Saturday, Sept. 1, a new state law went into effect prohibiting pet
owners from using pinch or choke collars, or tying up their dogs
• between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
• within 500 feet of a school
• when the temperature falls below freezing, whenever ozone or heat
advisories are issued by local or state authorities, or whenever
hurricane or tropical storm warnings are issued.
Violations of the new law, passed in the State Legislature this year,
will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable with a fine up to $500.
State Rep. George “Buddy” West wrote the legislation. According to the
Senate Research Center, the author’s statement of intent includes:
• Chaining a dog can make the animal more likely to be a danger to
• Chaining a dog can cause physical and behavioral damage to the dog,
and chained dogs are often the cause of excessive noise complaints by
• Current law does not allow an animal control officer to intervene
until chained dogs are suffering from obvious signs of starvation,
dehydration, or other signs of abuse or neglect.
“[The new law] provides that a person commits an offense if the person,
under certain conditions, unreasonably restrains a dog,” West said.
The law passed unanimously in both chambers of the State Legislature.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has long been an opponent
of chaining, or “tethering” dogs, terms usually defined as “the practice
of fastening a dog to a stationary object or stake, usually in the
owner’s backyard, as a means of keeping the animal under control.”
According to the HSUS Web site, “Dogs are naturally social beings who
thrive on interaction with human beings and other animals. A dog kept
chained in one spot for hours, days, months, or even years suffers
immense psychological damage. An otherwise friendly and docile dog, when
kept continuously chained, becomes neurotic, unhappy, anxious, and often
says lake area bridges are safe
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Most of the area bridges are deemed safe by the Texas
Department of Transportation (TxDOT) engineers even though a few carry
the “structurally deficient” label.
“The title ‘structurally deficient’ is very misleading,” Kelly Petras
with Dallas TxDOT office said.
“The name simply means if the bridge were built today, it would not meet
today’s standards. It could be the population has expanded, and roads
leading to the bridge are larger, or other problems such as environment,
erosion or the building materials are not what are used today,” she
Bridges that are deemed “unsafe” are closed to the driving public, she
TxDOT recently released its list of structurally deficient bridges, and
only 4 percent of the state’s 50,000 bridges fall into that category.
The term “structurally deficient” is the technical term used by the
Federal Highway Administration to classify and prioritize bridges for
federal funding, the report states.
There are 445 bridges on the state highway system that are “structurally
deficient,” with 1,579 more in the off- highway system.
The report further lists 282 bridges currently under contract to be
rehabilitated or replaced.
Another 1,303 bridges with the “structurally deficient” classification
are under development as part of the state’s Unified Transportation
Another 439 bridges with the classification are not currently scheduled
for replacement, nor has funding been set aside for them.
Kings Creek Bridge on State Highway 274 is currently being replaced,
while bridges on State Highway 198 over Cedar Creek Lake are scheduled
Citizens recently became aware of bridge problems following the collapse
of the I-35 bridge through Minneapolis on Aug.1.
The exact cause or causes for the tragedy has not yet been pinpointed
and it could be six months to a year before all the facts are found.
Some have noted the bridge was held up with steel trusses, a fact many
have expressed concern about.
“In all of Texas, there are only 16 bridges with steel trusses, and all
16 were tested within the first week following the accident and were
declared safe,” Petras said.
“Every bridge throughout the state is inspected every two years,” she
Improving safety is TxDOT’s most important goal and is a sacred
obligation to the state’s driving public, the report states.
‘A Night at the
Red Garter Saloon’ set for Sept. 22
Special to The Monitor
TOOL–Plans are in place and most of the details are finalized for the
fifth annual “A Night At the Red Garter Saloon,” the major fund-raising
party of the year for The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of
Veteran chamber volunteer Linda Fernald of the Cedar Creek Pilot, is
chairing the committee that will be presenting this year’s event.
The date is Saturday, Sept. 22, and it will be held once again at
Promenade Hall in Tool.
The doors will open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and include
admission, steak dinner, chips to get started on the gaming tables and a
giveaway ticket. A limited number of tables of eight are available.
Since this event has become one of Cedar Creek Lake’s most popular
evenings of the year, Fernald has announced that only minor changes can
be expected from last year’s event, all designed to improve or enhance
elements of past “Red Garter” nights.
Attendees can once again expect an evening of country flavored music,
auctions, gaming and many surprises, all with an “old west” ambiance and
a touch of “glitz.”
A special steak dinner, cooked on the spot by a team of chamber
volunteers, assisted by Sharon Strickland of Special Touch Catering,
will get the evening started and satisfy even the most hungry cowboy in
The spirit of the Old West will be alive at Cedar Creek Lake for one
action packed, fun-filled evening.
“We always have people from all around the region attend this event and
in the last four years, we’ve received rave reviews about the unique
party that mixes the traditional Western theme with gaming and
auctions,” chamber president Jo Ann Hanstrom said.
“Promenade Hall has been the perfect setting for the theme, with lots of
room for the gaming tables, dining and dancing, plus the casual,
friendly atmosphere is very appealing to every taste,” she added.
In keeping with the tone of the fund-raisers of past years, the 2007 Red
Garter Saloon will feature gaming, with a professional company providing
poker, blackjack, craps and slot machines for play with chips, a live
auction offering an opportunity for friendly competition in bidding on
items donated by Chamber members and friends of the Chamber of Commerce.
Lucky bidders will purchase a cruise on Carnival Cruise Lines, original
art, tickets to Medieval Times, cabin nights, certificates for all
manner of services and great retail items, to name a few.
The winnings from gaming tables will be cashed in for giveaway tickets
and chances to win valuable donated prizes.
Live music with a country flavor will be presented by Cedar Creek Lake’s
very own Dino “Danger” Perelli, with a dance floor for serious boot
Volunteer committee members are calling on businesses for donations and
sponsorships to help underwrite “A Night at the Red Garter Saloon.”
All contributors will be given valuable publicity leading up to and
during the event, making donations a good advertising value. If you have
an auction item that you can donate, call the Chamber of Commerce office
and a volunteer will be happy to pick it up.
Sponsorships with “extras” include $1,500 Wyatt Earp, $1,000 Annie
Oakley and $500 Buffalo Bill. Also, sponsorship levels at $300 Belle
Starr, $200 Billy The Kid and $100 Jesse James are available.
Traditionally, the chamber has a valuable donated item that goes on
display and ticket sales begin prior to Red Garter.
This year, First State Bank has donated a beautiful 8½ foot patio floor
lamp, hand-built by Ronnie Davis.
The lamp is on display at The Hydrangea House.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake
My name is Asia. I am a very
sweet Catahoula mix. I was brought to the Shelter by animal
control, so I have no history. I am very friendly, walk on a
leash, fixed and have received my shots. I am a very beautiful
girl looking for my new forever home.
My name is Shelly. I am a
beautiful little Collie mix? I was brought to the Shelter by
animal control, so I have no history. So far I am a sweet baby.
I am full of energy and just plays with other pups. I am a
wonderful kid looking for my new forever home.
My name is Shark. I am a
beautiful female Lab mix. I was brought to the Shelter by my
owners who were not able to keep me. I am a good girl, I get
along well with others, even other females and I adore people. I
am a wonderful kid looking for my wonderful new home.
My name is Alley. I am a
beautiful female DSH black with white cat. I was abandoned on
one of the shelter worker’s porch in a box with my litter of
kittens. All of my kittens have been adopted. I am now fixed
with all of my shots. I am a very sweet and lovable girl looking
for a home.
Pictured are just a few
animals at the Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points in dire need of a good home. Please call or stop by the
Humane Society today and rescue one of these forgotten animals.
The Humane Society of Cedar Creek Lake is located on 10220
County Road 2403 in
Seven Points. For more information, please call (903) 432-3422
after 11 a.m.
We are closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
For further information
visit our website at