Animal Law & Ordinances
Animal CrueltyCases in which a person abandons, abuses, or fails unreasonably to provide food, care, and shelter for an animal in his custody will be investigated as criminal offenses under Texas Penal Code 42.09.
Dangerous DogIf a dog makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept, animal control may declare the animal a "dangerous dog". A person who owns a "dangerous dog" within the city limits must, by law, comply with specific registration, confinement, and liability insurance requirements. Failure to comply with the requirements may result in court-ordered seizure and destruction of the animal.
If a dog causes serious bodily injury or death to a person by attacking, biting, or mauling the person, a court may order the dog seized pending a hearing. Following the hearing, in certain cases, the court may order the destruction of the animal.