Texas Cities Animal Ordinances

We provide here information about animal control ordinances of some Texas cities and towns. If you would like to see a certain city added, please notify us through the contact form.


The City of Abilene’s Animal Services is under the umbrella of Community Enhancement and has three sections:  field services, the adoption center, and the animal shelter center.  The city’s animal ordinances, such as homes being limited to 4 dogs and/or cats per home, can be accessed on the website.  Abilene animal services recognizes that cats are free roaming animals, but all cats must wear their rabies vaccination tags.  For more information, go to:  http://www.abilenetx.com/Animal/index.htm


Addison, Texas, does not have an animal shelter; but animal control officers patrol the city daily.  Animal control responds to calls related to dog bites, strays, vicious animals, and more.  Pet registration is required within the city limits of Addison.  To learn more about Addison animal control go to this website:  http://www.addisontx.gov/Departments/police/News___Articles/Animal_Control.asp


The City of Allen's animal control ordinance covers topics including dangerous dogs and animal fights. Once a person knows that he or she owns a dangerous dog, the person must obtain liability insurance to cover injury caused by the dog. Link the to ordinance - http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=13969&stateId=43&stateName=Texas


Arlington has a great website, listing its animal ordinance and even photos and locations (on a map) of dangerous dogs. A dog owner commits an offense if his dog is not licensed and vaccinated, evidenced by collar tags. Link to the website - http://www.arlingtontx.gov/animals/codes.html


The City of Austin has an ordinance which prohibits residents from keeping dangerous animals. Like other cities, Austin has a requirement that some animal owners have liability insurance. However, Austin's $500,000.00 miminum liability limit is more appropriate for serious dog bite injuries. Here is a link to Austin's animal control ordinance -

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Animals within the city limits of Azle are required to wear pet licenses.  Citizens are asked to contact Azle Animal Shelter regarding animals that are lost or found.  Dogs that are constantly loud are considered a nuisance, and the pet owners could be fined.  For more information about the City of Azle Animal Control, visit this site:  http://tx-azle.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=93


Bonham Animal Control works as a unit within the Bonham Police Department and provides services such as animal bite investigation and rabies prevention.  Dogs must be licensed; and the city urges cat owners to license their felines, as well.  Information is available on the website on a wide range of topics, such as Tethering and Confinement and City Animal Ordinances. 
Their website is:  http://www.cobon.net/animalcontrol.htm


Carrollton law requires all dogs to be restrained by a leash, chain, or fenced area. There is a 2-dog limit for homes without a fenced or enclosed back yard, and a 3-dog limit for dogs kept in an enclosed or fenced back yard. Link to ordinance summary page - http://www.cityofcarrollton.com/index.aspx?page=137

Cedar Hill

Cedar Hill has a wild animal and dangerous wild animal ordinance. A person who has such an animal must carry liability insurance which would cover at least $100,000.00 for each attack. Here is a link to the entire animal ordinance - http://library7.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=11825&doc_action=whatsnew


The City of Cleburne Animal Services Department utilizes Cleburne Animal Shelter and Animal Services.  Residents of the City of Cleburne are provided services which include animal surrender, investigation of nuisance complaints such as barking dogs and cruelty investigation.  Among the online resources provided by Cleburne’s Animal Services Department is a Pet Disaster Plan.  Learn more at:  http://www.ci.cleburne.tx.us/animalsvcs.aspx

College Station

The mission of the Animal Control Unit in College Station is to help create an environment in which a high quality of life can be enjoyed.  Laws are enforced regarding dangerous animals, and domestic animals are also protected from neglect and abuse.  A new multi-pet permit has been posted on the website at:  http://www.cstx.gov/index.aspx?page=3441


The base of operations for the City of Coppell Animal Services Department is the City of Coppell Animal Services and Adoption Center.   The animal services department is responsible for issuing city pet registrations and licenses, making bite reports, picking up and accepting stray animals, and more.  The procedures for rabies quarantines are in accordance with State requirements.  For more information, go to:  http://www.ci.coppell.tx.us/departments/departments-a-e/animal-services

Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi has an animal care and control ordinance which allows various city officials, including the police, to inspect premises where animals are kept. The ordinance is here - http://library7.municode.com/default-now/home.htm?infobase=13945&doc_action=whatsnew


Corsicana Animal Services is a division of the city’s police department.  Some of the services provided by animal control are:  pet registration, responding to calls related to animal bites, and enforcing animal ordinances.  Animals can be surrendered to animal services during regular hours of operation; fees apply for all animals brought by residents outside the city limits and for animals released by their owners.  For more information, go to:  http://www.cityofcorsicana.com/animal-services.html


The City of Dallas has a lengthy ordinance regarding animals, and there are too many provisions to address here. Dallas incorporates into its ordinance Chapters 823 and 826 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. These chapters deal with animal shelters and rabies. The City also incorporates provisions of the Texas Dangerous Dog Act (in Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code). We briefly address this Act on the Texas law page of our website. Dogs must be registered and vaccinated, and they must wear current tags. Link to website - http://dallasanimalservices.org/CityCode_Chapter7.html


The City of Denison Animal Services responds to calls from residents within the city limits for such matters as animal bites, nuisance animals, and animal surrender.  The city website is rich with resources related to animals.  You can access information about How to Travel Safely With Your Pets , Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Summer, and much more.  Go to:  http://www.cityofdenison.com/index.aspx?NID=285


The City of Denton has a dangerous animal ordinance which lists detailed procedures. It covers how to file a complaint, investigation, hearings, and disposition of animals. It also makes it unlawful for someone to sign a false complaint about dangerous animals. Link to the dangerous animal ordinance - http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10644&stateId=43&stateName=Texas

El Paso

El Paso's animal control ordinance is progressive, requiring all dogs to be registered and to have implanted microchips. Microchips can identify the owner of a dog if there is a dispute following an attack. Here is a link to the animal control ordinance -


Fort Worth

Fort Worth requires that all dogs be kept in a fenced area when outside at the owner's property, and on a leash when being walked. The city defines a dangerous dog as one that 1) makes an unprovoked attack on a person or other animal that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept or 2) commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure which the dog was being kept and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the animal will attack and cause bodily injury to that person. Fort Worth prohibits residents from keeping wild or exotic animals. The City Council approved an ordinance banning use of chains, ropes, tethers, leashes, cables or  other devices to attach an unattended dog to a stationary object or trolley system. Residents can still tether dogs under limited circumstances when the owner is present, such as at lawful animal events or city dog parks, as well as during vet treatment, grooming, training, or law enforcement activity. The City has an online complaint form. Link to website - http://www.fortworthgov.org/animals/default.aspx?id=8858


Frisco has a lengthy animal control ordiance. Any person that has knowledge of a bite of or scratch to a human must, as soon as possible, and no later than 24 housrs later, report the incident to Animal Control. This requirement does not apply to certain animals that are considered to be low-risk for rabies. Link to the ordinance -

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The City of Garland is becoming proactive in protecting its citizens from what might be the most dangerous dog breed in America - pit bulls. Here is an excerpt from a 2010 press release: "Garland Animal Services is preparing to enforce new fencing requirements for pit bull dogs or pit bull crossbreeds.  Pit bull dogs or crossbreeds thereof have been responsible for the most dog bites since statistics have been kept (2004).  Additionally, 27% of the dogs caught while running at large are pit bull dogs.  In response to this growing public safety problem, Garland Animal Services has developed an ordinance based directive that requires owners of pit bull dogs to maintain the animals within a six foot fence." Link to website - http://www.ci.garland.tx.us/Home/Departments/Community+Services/Animal+Services/

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie's ordinance has an expansive definition of a dangerous animal, including an animal that makes an unprovoked attack on a human eight years of age or younger within the animal's enclosure, and such enclosure was not reasonably certain to keep a person that age from entering. This definition recognizes that there are a disproportionately high number of dog attacks on children as compared to adults. Link to ordinance - http://www.gptx.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1524


Some of the services provided by Grapevine Animal Control are:  responding to wildlife complaints, rabies and bite investigations, and cruelty investigations.  The city Animal Shelter, which Animal Control presides over, invites donations of old blankets, towels, and bath mats for the animals to sleep on.  Contact Animal Control with any questions at (817) 410-3370 or go to the website at: 

Haltom City

Haltom City Animal Services employs one Kennel Technician and three civilian Officers, and all are under the supervision of the city’s Patrol Operations Lieutenant.   Multiple certifications in animal care are credited to the animal control civilian officers.  The city animal shelter has 36 dog kennels and 33 cat kennels.  For more information about Haltom City animal services, go to:  http://www.haltomcitytx.com/departments/animal-services


The City of Houston has a dangerous dogs ordinance. The ordinance covers complaints by residents, hearings about dangerous dogs, and requirements for dangerous dog owners. A dangerous dog owner must carry at least $100,000.00 in liability insurance. Here is a link to the ordinance - http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/pdf/chapter6-6.pdf


The City of Irving has a link at its website to its animal control ordinance. The City also notes that it will respond to emergency calls about aggressive or dangerous dogs that are at large (behavior including any dog at large which exhibits a threatening act, attacks another animal, and/or bites or attacks a person; and if the likelihood exists that the dog is an imminent danger to the public). Link to website - http://www.ci.irving.tx.us/animal-services/index.html


The City of Keller, Texas, Animal Services department has responsibilities which include impoundments, investigation of animal bites, ordinance enforcement, and many more.  All dogs and cats within the city limits are required to be registered with Animal Services and must be on a leash when outdoors.   The city code of ordinances includes dog laws and other animal ordinances.  For more information, go to:  http://www.cityofkeller.com/index.aspx?page=706


Lewisville's animal control ordinance prohibits tying a dog to a stationary object in a manner that can harm the dog or a person. Many animal behaviorists believe that tying up a dog for long periods of time can cause the dog to become aggressive or vicious. Here is a link to the ordinance - http://www.cityoflewisville.com/wcmsite/publishing.nsf/Content/Animals+Ordinance


Laredo has an extensive animal control ordinance, and it adopts a portion of state law. Here is a link to the ordinance - http://library7.municode.com/default-test/home.htm?infobase=12258&doc_action=whatsnew


The City of Lubbock's animal control ordinance covers dangerous dogs. If, after a hearing, it is determined that a dog is dangerous, the City can require the owner to obtain liability insurance with at least $250,000.00 in coverage. Here is the ordinance - http://las.ci.lubbock.tx.us/pdf/animalOrdinance.pdf


On the City of Mansfield Animal Control web page, citizens are urged to license their pets.  The statistic is shared that 95% of lost animals that aren’t tagged aren’t returned, and 95% of animals who are tagged are returned home.  Resources for dog lovers and cat lovers are also included on the site.  Go to:  http://www.mansfield-tx.gov/ps/ac/


McKinney's animal control ordinance expressly adopts Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. Link to its dangerous dogs ordinance - http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14250&stateId=43&stateName=Texas


Mesquite required that all dogs must be confined to an owner's property by fence or chain. Citizens must report all dog bites to the Animal Control Division. It is also unlawful to keep an animal in Mesquite in such a manner that it creates a nuisance. Link to website - http://www.cityofmesquite.com/animal/city_ordinance.php


Midland’s Animal Services web page includes statistical information, such as the number of dogs surrendered this month, this year, and at the same time last year.  The main web page also provides a link to animal ordinances and frequently asked questions.  Pet owners can only surrender animals on Tuesdays.  For more information, go to:  http://www.midlandtexas.gov/departments/animal_serv/animal_serv.html

Mineral Wells

Mineral Wells has a municipal animal shelter to house animals until they can be adopted or disposed of.  Pet adoption is the primary responsibility and service provided by animal control.  The official website for the Mineral Wells animal shelter is:  http://www.mineralwellstx.gov/index.aspx?NID=108


Murphy Animal Control is a division of the city’s police department.  The duties of animal control include investigating animal bites, rabies awareness, and public awareness on West Nile Virus.  Pets within the city limits are required to be registered.  For more information, go to:  http://www.murphytx.org/index.aspx?nid=65


Odessa Animal Control is a division of the city’s police department, and the mission of Animal Control Division is most importantly to protect the citizens of Ector County from zoonotic diseases such as rabies.  The department also picks up strays and provides public education on how to properly maintain an animal.  For more information, including a link to animal ordinances and answers to commonly asked questions, go to:  http://www.odessapd.com/index.aspx?page=45


The duties and responsibilities of the Paris Animal Control department include investigation of reports about rabid animals, animal bites, and animal cruelty.  The animal control officers actively enforce city ordinances, including the leash laws.  The City of Paris Police Department employs the city’s two full-time civilian animal control officers as well as the part-time Kennel Technicians.  For more information, go to:  http://www.paristexas.gov/index.aspx?NID=131


As of this writing, the City of Plano does not have a link at its website to its animal control ordinance. Here is a link to the City of Plano Animal Services home page - http://plano.gov/Animal/Pages/default.aspx


Richardson's animal control ordinance is quite detailed, and it even includes provisions regarding the sale of baby chickens. If a person believes that a dog is dangerous or vicious, the person may file a sworn, written complaint with Richardson's environmental health department. Here is a link to the ordinance - http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10221&stateId=43&stateName=Texas


The City of Rockwall requires pets to be registered, and all dogs must display both a current city registration and a rabies tag at all times.  Rockwall Animal Control ensures compliance with local and state animal regulations.  Animal control is proactive in providing public service and educational programs.  For more information, go to:  http://www.rockwall.com/AnimalServices/index.asp

Round Rock

The goal of the Round Rock Animal Control Unit is to both protect citizens from harm caused by dangerous animals and to protect domestic animals from neglect and abuse.  Animals are impounded as needed and quarantined when needed, to appropriately address health and safety concerns.  Citations for violations of City Ordinance or state laws may be issued by Animal Control Officers.  For more information, go to:  http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=595


Rowlett Animal Services offers help with lost and found pets, animal bites, nuisance complaints, and more.  Pet registration is required within Rowlett city limits.  Low-cost sterilization and vaccinations are available through Animal Services.  For more information, go to:  http://www.rowlett.com/index.aspx?NID=99


Sachse Animal Control strives for professionalism in providing human services which help to ensure a healthy and safe environment for both citizens and their animals.  Duties include protecting pets from neglect and abuse, maintaining the animal shelter, and enforcing animal ordinances within the city limits.  Rabies control and quarantines are handled according to state guidelines.  For additional information, go to:  http://www.cityofsachse.com/index.aspx?NID=90

San Angelo

San Angelo’s Animal Services Division has a leash law requiring dogs to be on a leash when not on their owner’s property.  Any dogs found roaming from their own yards without a leash are at risk of being impounded.  Stray animals are held for 3 working days before becoming available for adoption.  For additional information, go to:  http://www.sanangelotexas.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B66C0DF53-05BB-4F24-9673-7C4CC329B55A%7D

San Antonio

San Antonio's dog control ordinance includes sections for both dangerous animals and vicious animals. Like many other cites, San Antonio requires owners of certain animals to have liability insurance to cover dog bites. A link to information about San Antonio's animal control regulations is here - http://www.sanantonio.gov/animalcare/healthcode.asp


Sherman Animal Control Officers strive to protect animals that are stray, abused, or neglected.  They also work to protect citizens from dangerous animals.  The Sherman Animal Shelter serves Grayson County, providing animal adoptions and more.  For additional information, go to:  http://www.ci.sherman.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=277


Tyler Animal Control provides Animal and Mosquito Control Services to the City of Tyler on a contract basis, as a division of the Northeast Texas Public Health District.  The animal control department also performs all of the usual duties of municipal animal services, such as enforcing animal-related City Ordinances, picking up strays, and responding to calls concerning animal bites.  Resources on the website include information on the dangers of leaving pets in your car during summertime; go to


Waco’s Animal Control unit includes five officers specially trained and certified through the Texas Animal Control Association (TACA).  To maintain their status as certified officers with TACA, they are required to complete 40 hours of continuing education.  The mission of Waco Animal Control is to actively enforce state and local laws, tend to matters involving dangerous animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and much more.  For additional information, go to: http://www.waco-texas.com/animal-control.asp


The City of Waxahachie’s Animal Control and Shelter Services are provided by the city’s Health Department.  Animal control services are provided for citizens who live within Waxahachie’s city limits.  The shelter, located near Lake Waxahachie, is always seeking loving, permanent homes for pets in the shelter.  Their website is:  http://www.waxahachie.com/animals.html


Among the goals of Weatherford Animal Control is to foster healthy, safe, and caring relationships between the citizens and the animals in the community.  In addition, Animal Control works to eliminate animal overpopulation and oversees the enforcement of animal-related city ordinances and state codes.  The website includes monthly animal statistics and resources such as information about rabies control.  Go to:  http://ci.weatherford.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=15

Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls Animal Services handles all of the animal-related issues within the city limits.  Pictures of all animals picked up by Animal Control are posted at:  www.petango.com/wichitafallsanimalservices.  The resource-rich website page for Wichita Falls Animal Control includes a downloadable copy of the city’s Animal Control Ordinances.  For more information, go to:  http://www.wichitafallstx.gov/index.aspx?nid=374


The City of Wylie Animal Control primarily operates to safeguard public safety and health against animal-related threats and to promote responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals.  By City Ordinance, all dogs and cats within the city limits must be registered annually.  According to state law, all animal bites must be reported to animal control, regardless of the severity of the bite.  See the Wylie Animal Control web pages at: http://www.wylietexas.gov/departments/animal/animal/index.php


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