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. Those three sections are field services, the adoption center, and the animal shelter center. Under field services, state laws and local ordinances within Abilene’s city limits are enforced. These initiatives help to protect the public from the danger of rabies and provide public education regarding responsibility as a pet owner. In the animal shelter center, shelter is provided to stray animals, unwanted animals, dogs that are the focus of dangerous dog cases, and animals that have been subjected to cruelty. The adoption center places animals in appropriate homes through adoptions and animal placement groups. The city’s animal ordinance can be accessed on the website. The ordinance includes that homes are limited to four dogs and/or cats per home. Abilene Animal Services recognizes that cats are free roaming animals. All cats within Abilene city limits must, however, 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. Residents within the city limits of Addison are required to register their dogs and cats with animal control. Registration certificates must be renewed annually. Residences within Addison city limits may keep no more than four adult dogs and/or five of any other type of reptile, bird, or animal over the age of 16 weeks. A residence may harbor no more than one litter of puppies or kittens at once. It is against the law for any dog or other pet, other than a cat, to run at large. Current rabies vaccinations are required for dogs and cats at all times. The animals must wear proof of vaccination. There are strict regulations regarding dangerous dogs.To learn more about Addison animal control go to this website page, which is the “Animals” section of the municipal ordinance code: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/addison/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH10AN
In the City of Allen, the Animal Control Division is part of the Allen Police Department. Animal Control works to protect citizens from hazardous issues related to dogs, other pets, livestock, and wildlife. Among the services provided by Animal Control are prevention of rabies, investigations into animal bites, animal adoption, care for unwanted and stray animals, and education regarding responsible pet ownership. Micro-chipping is available at the Allen Animal Shelter. The cost is $20 for the chip and related registration. For anyone concerned about wildlife issues in their neighborhood, there is a video available at the link given below. The animal-related ordinances for the City of Allen include information about loose pets. Dogs are not allowed to run loose within Allen’s city limits. Any dogs that are not confined by a fence, wall, or building with sufficient construction, height, or strength to restrain the animal may lead to the dog being impounded by Animal Control. In addition, the owner may be issued citations. Anyone who is aware of an animal scratch or bite to a human must report the incident to Animal Control within 24 hours of the incident. Animals that bite must be quarantined. The link to the City of Allen Animal Control Division and Shelter, with a link to animal ordinances, is here: http://www.cityofallen.org/947/Animal-Control-Shelter
In the City of Amarillo, any dog or other animal is deemed dangerous if any of the following events occur: The animal makes an unprovoked attack on a person or domestic animal or livestock and causes serious bodily injury; the animal makes an unprovoked act of aggression that causes a person to reasonably believe the animal will attack and cause bodily harm to a person or animal; or a certification is made by a veterinarian that the animal is a danger to human life, animal life, or property. The Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare Department handles issues associated with stray animals, proper pet care, and health-related animal hazards for the City of Amarillo. The department concentrates efforts on training of personnel, education programs, patrolling the City, and responding to citizens expressing animal-related concerns. Personnel within the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare Department are given extensive professional training. They take college-level courses on animal care, animals, investigations, public relations, and criminal justice. The department has a joint partnership with the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society with the shared mission of providing the most humane and positive outcome for animals housed in the city’s shelter. Visit the web page for the Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare Department here: http://amw.amarillo.gov/. The Amarillo Code of Ordinances regarding animals is here.
Arlington has a great, comprehensive website listing animal ordinances and much more. There are maps showing the locations of all dangerous dogs within the city, along with photos of the animals. Animal services encourages responsible pet ownership by offering field enforcement services, educational programs for the citizens of Arlington, and licensing programs. Requirements regarding dogs and cats include that the animals must be vaccinated and licensed once they are over four months of age. Unless a dog displays a current rabies vaccination tag, the owner commits an offense. There are numerous circumstances in which a dog or cat may be impounded by Arlington’s Animal Services Manager. For example, a cat or dog running at large in the City of Arlington may be impounded. If a pet’s license has been revoked or if the pet is suspected to have harmed a human or another animal, impoundment is possible. As part of the effort to protect the public from rabies, a person must report knowledge of an animal bite or scratch within 24 hours of the incident. Failure to report a scratch or bite is an offense. To learn more, go to this link to the Animal Services website: http://www.arlington-tx.gov/animals/
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department’s Animal Protection program handles animal neglect and abuse cases. The department also works in partnership with law enforcement for the purpose of containing aggressive animals that pose a threat to the community. Any animals found running at large will be seized and impounded, with exceptions given within the code. The city municipal code includes specifics regarding enclosure requirements for dogs and other animals. For an adult dog more than six months old, outdoor enclosures where the dog regularly sleeps, eats, drinks, and eliminates must be a minimum of 150 square feet; and each dog much have that amount of space. Any person who wishes to raise, keep, harbor, use, or possess a dog that has been deemed dangerous must abide by rules set out in the Austin ordinance regarding dangerous animals. Among the requirements for owners of dangerous dogs is that liability insurance must be maintained in the amount of no less than $500,000 per claim. Owners of dangerous dogs may be required to remove the animals from within city limits. Here is a link to the Austin Animal Services website: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/animal-services. Here is a link to Animal Regulations found in Austin’s city ordinances: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/austin/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TIT3ANRE.
Animals within the city limits of Azle are required to be licensed. Pets must also wear their licenses at all times, along with proof of current rabies vaccinations. 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. Pets are not allowed to run loose within Azle city limits. If a dog is impounded, owners are charged a $25 impound fee. There is also an additional shelter fee of $15 per day. Animal Control Officers should be notified immediately if a domestic or wild animal scratches or bites a human. Report a bite by calling (817) 444-8215. For more information about the City of Azle Animal Control, visit this site: http://tx-azle.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=93
The City of Baytown Animal Services Division enforces city ordinances and state laws in order to provide a healthy and safe environment for the citizens of Baytown. One goal of animal services is to teach responsible pet ownership. Ensuring the humane treatment of all animals is also a priority. These goals are achieved through animal control laws and public education. It is unlawful for pet owners to allow their pets, with the exception of cats, to run at large. The fine for violating this offense is between $25 and $500. For any subsequent offenses, the minimum fee is increased. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly or intentionally possess or own an animal that causes excessive noise in a public place or near a private residence the pet owner does not have a right to occupy. The link to City of Baytown Animal Services is here: http://police.baytown.org/city-hall/departments/public-health/animal-services. Baytown animal ordinances are here: http://police.baytown.org/city-hall/city-clerk/city-of-baytown-charter-and-code-of-ordinances.
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. The city urges cat owners to license their felines, as well. Spayed and neutered dogs and cats are licensed annually for $5. Unspayed and non-neutered dogs and cats are registered annually for $10. Animal cruelty and neglect is also a major concern of Bonham Animal Control. Anyone who sees signs of animal cruelty or neglect is urged to contact Animal Control. You may be a witness to animal cruelty if you see an animal routinely left alone with no water or food or an extremely thin animal. Pet owners and caretakers, under state law, must provide animals with nutritious foods, water, dry shelter, and proper veterinary care, as needed. Keeping up to date on rabies vaccinations is a critical responsibility of pet owners. 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://bonhampd.com/animal-control.html
The policy of the City of Bryan Animal Services is to protect citizens from nuisance and dangerous animals. These goals are achieved through enforcement of federal laws, state laws, and city ordinances governing issues related to animals. Regular business hours for animal control officers are 6 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday. There are four types of emergency animal calls that officers respond to after hours. First, if an animal scratches or bites a human, breaking the skin, it is a valid emergency. The second emergency is if a vicious dog or other animal at large is attacking people or other animals. The third type of emergency is if an animal is ill or injured and the owner is not known. Fourth, if there is a wild animal or snake in a house or garage, though there must be a visual on the creature. Dogs and cats over the age of four months old must be vaccinated and licensed. The website for the City of Bryan Animal Center and Animal Control is here: http://www.bryantx.gov/animal-center/. The animal ordinances for Bryan TX are here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/bryan/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH10AN.
The City of Carrollton, Texas, Animal Services Department asks that all residents report animal scratches and bites to local rabies control, as required by state law. A dog or other animal that bites or scratches a person, breaking the skin, must be quarantined at a state-approved facility for 10 days. During this time, it will be determined if the rabies virus was present and transmittable at the time of the bite. If a person contracts the rabies virus and does not get the needed vaccinations, the result is death almost 100% of the time. Because of the danger to public health and safety, matters related to rabies control are of the highest priority. The 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. Animal Services aims to help residents with complaints related to animal issues. For issues such as stray animals, too many animals, unsanitary conditions, or barking dogs, call (972) 466-3420. The link to the ordinance summary page is here: http://www.cityofcarrollton.com/index.aspx?page=137
The primary function and intent of Cedar Hill, TX, Animal Control is to provide protection for the safety, health, and welfare of citizens and animals within the city limits. Animal Control Officers have the responsibility of responding to situations concerning animals and fowl within the city limits. The duties involve emergency and non-emergency situations. In addition, the officers work to enforce both city and state statutes related to animals. Animals that are loose or that have become a nuisance are apprehended in the most humane way possible. Unless emergency care is needed, animals are taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter. Citizens with dogs and cats are required to keep rabies vaccinations current. Pet owners are also encouraged to spay and neuter animals, to help control the animal population. On the website for the city, people are encouraged not to feed stray cats unless willing to also have strays spayed or neutered. The number of animals euthanized in animal shelters can be significantly reduced, with everyone’s help. Here is a link to the animal services website: http://www.cedarhilltx.com/599/Animal-Control
The Cedar Park TX Animal Control Unit’s mission is to ensure that the community enjoys a high quality of life by enforcing laws which protect citizens from dangerous animals. In addition, domestic animals are protected from neglect and abuse. A wide range of complaints is investigated by animal control officers. Contact animal control regarding animal bites, animal abuse, and barking dogs and other nuisance complaints. In Cedar Park, dogs and cats must be registered. Registration tags must be worn on animals’ collars. A person may not possess, harbor, maintain, or own a dangerous dog or cat within Cedar Park city limits unless such animal is registered as a dangerous animal. In addition, the owner must comply with all requirements related to a dangerous animal, as per the Texas Health and Safety Code. Citizens may file a complaint if they allege that someone has a dangerous dog or cat. Following an investigation, it is possible that the owner of an alleged dangerous dog or cat may be cited. An appeal process can be initiated, however. Owners of a dangerous dog have a set of requirements which must be complied with, to retain possession of the dog. The web page for Cedar Park Animal Control is here: http://www.cedarparktexas.gov/index.aspx?page=301. The Code of Ordinances for Cedar Park is here: http://www.cedarparktexas.gov/index.aspx?page=337.
The City of Cleburne Animal Services Department provides municipal animal services and an animal shelter facility. Residents of the City of Cleburne are provided services which include animal surrender and investigation of nuisance complaints, such as barking dogs. The mission of Animal Services is to provide residents of the City of Cleburne with education on the public’s responsibilities of pet ownership, spaying, and neutering. Pet adoption is also promoted. Reports of animal cruelty are investigated, as well as reports of dangerous dogs. Under city ordinance, for a nuisance complaint to be acted upon, there must be two witnesses, being at least two neighbors from separate households. In the alternative, there must be one citizen plus an Animal Services Officer or Police Officer, for a formal complaint to be recognized. Such Citizen Complaint Forms must be delivered to the Municipal Court in Cleburne. Among the online resources provided by Cleburne’s Animal Services Department is a Pet Disaster Plan. Learn more at: http://www.cleburne.net/Index.aspx?NID=147
The mission of the Animal Control Unit in College Station, TX, is to help create an environment in which a high quality of life can be enjoyed. Laws are enforced regarding dangerous animals. Domestic animals are protected from neglect and abuse, through the efforts of the department. Animal Control officers investigate a wide range of complaints. Among the complaints handled by the department are those involving barking dogs and other nuisance issues and reports of animal abuse. Animal bites and scratches that break the skin must be reported to local rabies control, as required by state law. Any animal that bites or scratches a person, breaking the skin, must be quarantined at a state-approved facility for ten days. During that time, it will be determined if the rabies virus was present and transmittable at the time of the bite. Because rabies can be fatal, it is an issue of utmost important to public health and safety. See the College Station Animal Control website at: http://www.cstx.gov/index.aspx?page=3441.
The City of Conroe is home of Montgomery County Animal Control Authority. Animal Control is responsible for enforcement of rabies control, the animal restraint ordinance, and the Montgomery County Wild and Dangerous Animal Ordinance. There is an Animal Cruelty Investigator assigned to handle reports of animal cruelty to domestic animals. Conroe has ordinances regarding animals which pet owners are subject to. It is unlawful for the keeper or owner of any dog or other animal to allow that animal to run at large at any time within the corporate limits of Conroe. It is against the law to harbor or keep a dangerous animal in the city. It is required that any person bitten or scratched by an animal report the incident to animal control. An animal that has proven to be a danger to persons or other animals may be ordered by the court to be kept muzzled or to be delivered to an animal control officer to be destroyed. Animal control officers have the right at any reasonable time to inspect any animal within the city to determine whether the animal is licensed and vaccinated. See the City of Conroe ordinances here: http://www.cityofconroe.org/transparency/ordinances-codes.
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. Annual registration is required for all cats and dogs within city limits. Animal services also makes bite reports. Anytime an animal bites or scratches a human or animal, breaking the skin, the animal must be placed under state-approved quarantine. The purpose of the quarantine is determining whether or not the animal has rabies, a potentially fatal disease. Animal services also picks up and accepts stray animals. Cats and dogs are required to be restrained or confined to the owners’ property or to be on leash if walking in public places, including walking trails and parks. Anyone whose animal is off leash and running loose is subject to receiving a citation. Pet owners are encouraged to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. For more information, go to: http://www.coppelltx.gov/government/departments/animal-services.
Corpus Christi Animal Care Services and Vector Control handles field service and animal issues via four branches. The first is the enforcement and investigations field unit. The second is the sheltering and adoptions unit. The third is vector control and prevention unit, and the fourth is veterinarian and surgical unit. Each of these units is a division of the Corpus Christi Police Department and under the direction of the Program Manager. There are numerous types of animal issues addressed by animal care services. Animal bites are a priority because of concerns related to rabies, which can be deadly. All bites by animals that break the skin must be reported to the state, and the animal must be quarantined in a state-approved location. The city has an animal care and control ordinance which allows various city officials, including the police, to inspect premises where animals are kept. The animal services website is here: http://www.cctexas.com/government/ccpd/animal-care/index
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. It is unlawful for dogs, cats, and other animals to run at large within the city limits of Corsicana. One exception is a spayed or neutered cat in compliance with animal registration. Animal Services investigates matters related to animal nuisance. A dog or cat that enters another person’s property and commits any type of disturbance is considered a nuisance, and the animal’s owner may receive a citation. The city has an Animal Services Board with seven members who serve two-year terms. For more information, go to: http://www.cityofcorsicana.com/animal-services.html
The Dallas Animal Services in the City of Dallas has a lengthy ordinance regarding animals. Annual registration of dogs and cats is a requirement within city limits. Registration fees are much less expensive if your pets are spayed or neutered. For senior citizens, annual pet registration is free for up to three sterilized dogs and/or cats. A proof of current rabies vaccination certificate is required at the time of registration. There are no discounts extended for pets that have not been sterilized, however. 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. Link to website: http://www.dallasanimalservices.org/index.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. Animal bites are a priority issue because of the potential threat of rabies. All animal bites or scratches that break the skin need to be reported within 24 hours to proper authorities with health services and to City of Denison Animal Services. The animal responsible for the bite must be quarantined in a state-approved location, for observation and to determine whether the animal exposed the bite victim to rabies. If the animal can’t be located, post-exposure rabies shots are of utmost importance. There is almost no chance of recovery from rabies if post-exposure injections are not given prior to manifestation of the disease. Lost and found dogs and other pets can be surrendered at the city shelter. Anyone whose pet goes missing is encouraged to visit the shelter every 24 hours during the period of their search. The City of Denison 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 Animal Services requires registration of every dog, cat, and ferret over 4 months of age that is kept within city limits. Registering an animal is $4 for spayed and neutered animals and $25 for unaltered pets. If, however, an animal is microchipped and spayed or neutered, registration is free of charge. The registration tags must be visibly worn at all times. Residents can be fined for failing to register their animals. A Rabies Vaccination Certificate must be turned in to Denton Animal Services Center at time of registration. The City of Denton has a dangerous animal ordinance which lists detailed procedures on what to do if a dog or another type of animal is believed to be a danger to the public. The ordinance 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. The link to the Denton Animal Services website is here: http://www.cityofdenton.com/departments-services/departments-a-f/animal-services. Link to the dangerous animal ordinance: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10644&stateId=43&stateName=Texas
The City of DeSoto, Texas, employs two full-time animal control officers and one part-time animal control officer. The officers are responsible for answering all animal-related complaints and for patrolling the city on animal-related matters. To speak to an animal control officer regarding a complaint or for other issues, contact the DeSoto Action Center at (972) 274-CITY. Animals picked up by animal control are taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter. A pet owner convicted of allowing an animal to run at large within DeSoto city limits will be fined no less than $100 and not more than $2,000. Second convictions have a minimum fine of $200. Fourth and subsequent offenses are subject to a minimum fine of $1,000. It is unlawful for an individual to harbor or keep a dangerous animal in DeSoto. It is an offense to fail to annually register a dog residing within city limits. Initial registration is $30 and annual renewal is $15. The website for DeSoto Animal Control is here: http://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=355. Find DeSoto animal ordinances here: http://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/581.
The Animal Control Division of Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department in Edinburg handles animal services for the City of Edinburg, Texas. Stray dogs, cats, and other domestic animals are picked up by the Animal Control Division and taken to the Edinburg shelter. There are several types of emergency responses handled by animal control. For instance, reports of sick, injured, or vicious animals will be handled during and after regular office hours. Animal bites must be reported to animal control within 24 hours. The dog or other animal responsible for any bite that breaks the skin must be quarantined for ten days at a state-approved location. Rabies control is an important public health issue. Man and all mammals are susceptible to rabies, which is virtually always fatal. The disease is transmitted by an infected animal’s licking or biting. Not only can the virus enter through a break in the skin, it can also enter through the eyes, nose, or throat. Anyone who sees an animal that exhibits potential signs of rabies should contact animal control immediately. More information about rabies and how to identify an animal with rabies is available on the website below. The website for the Animal Control Division of Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department in Edinburg is here: http://www.hchd.org/animalcontrol.html.
City of El Paso Animal Services strives to take a proactive approach to promoting the proper care of animals and to combating pet overpopulation within the community. The city has a V.I. P. program, which stands for Virtually Irresistible Pets. The V.I.P. adoption program offers low prices for the animals, though several expenses are included in the fees. The adopted animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations, and registered with the city. Laws related to animals are enforced. Reports about stray, loose, sick animals, and animal abuse are investigated. Bite incidents are important because of the potential threat of rabies within the community. Anyone who suffers an animal bite or scratch that breaks the skin should contact El Paso Animal Services and state authorities within 24 hours of the incident. 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. The link to El Paso Animal Services is here: https://www.elpasotexas.gov/environmental-services/animal-services. Here is a link to the animal control ordinance: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=16180&stateId=43&stateName=Texas
In Euless, Texas, Animal Services follows city ordinances passed by Euless City Council. The purpose of the city ordinances is to provide the guidelines for the proper care for and management of animals within city limits. Chapter 10 of city ordinances addresses most issues related to animals. It is unlawful for anyone owning a dog or other animal to allow that animal to run at large. Dogs must be restrained by a leash, chain, or other restraining line that has sufficient strength to prevent the animal from escaping the premises. Any dog or other animal found running at large within Euless corporate city limits may be delivered to an animal control officer. Animals running at large or in another violation of city ordinance may be impounded by a police officer or animal control officer. There are specific guidelines for animal care in the city ordinance. For instance, animals must be provided with sufficient and wholesome food and water as well as adequate shelter and protection from the weather. Veterinary care must also be provided to prevent suffering and to provide humane care and treatment. The website for Euless Animal Services is here: http://www.eulesstx.gov/animal/Ordinances.htm. The Euless City Ordinances are accessed here: http://www.eulesstx.gov/info/ordinances.htm.
The Animal Services division of Flower Mound, Texas, is headquartered in the Flower Mound Animal Adoption Center. Animal Services requires pet registrations, which are free of charge. At time of registration, a current rabies vaccination from a veterinarian is required. Registering pets can be accomplished via fax, the postal service, and in person. Educational materials are provided by animal services to promote pet responsibility. Flower Mound ordinances are enforced, and the department works closely with local veterinarians to better serve the residents and pets of Flower Mound. Per Flour Mound ordinance, no person can place a substance or article which has been treated with a poisonous substance and which is accessible to human beings, dogs, cats, birds, or other animals. Residents may keep or harbor no more than four dogs and four cats six months of age or older on any premises used or zoned for residential purposes that is less than two acres in area. It is unlawful for the owner of a dog or other animal to allow the animal to cause a disturbance by barking excessively near another individual’s private residence. The website for Flower Mound TX animal services is here: http://www.flower-mound.com/index.aspx?nid=117. The Flower Mound code of ordinances is here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/flower_mound/codes/code_of_ordinances.
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 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. The second definition is a dog that 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 animal complaint form. Link to website: http://www.fortworthgov.org/animals/default.aspx?id=8858
The City of Frisco, Texas, Animal Control has an animal control ordinance that all pet owners within the city should become familiar with. Numerous concerns are addressed by animal control services, such as animal bites. Any person that has knowledge of a bite or scratch to a human that breaks the skin must report the incident to Animal Control within 24 hours of the incident. This requirement does not apply to certain animals that are considered to be low-risk for rabies. Rabies control is an important issue affecting public health. Reports of abused and/or neglected animals are investigated by animal services. It is against the law for anyone within Frisco city limits to harbor, keep, or own a dangerous animal, with exceptions provided in the city ordinance. The animal ownership limitation includes six domestic dogs or six domestic cats or a combination of the species, not exceeding six. Link to the Frisco Animal Control website follows: http://www.friscotexas.gov/departments/planningDevelopment/animalcontrol/Pages/default.aspx
The City of Garland requires all dogs and cats three months old and older to be registered annually. At time of registration, proof of a current rabies vaccination is required. The annual fee for sterilized animals is $5; and for unsterilized animals, the fee is $15. According to city ordinance, when a dog or other animal bites a human and breaks the skin, both the bite victim and the animal owner must contact Garland Animal Services. Rabies control measures must be taken, which includes placing the animal in a 10-day quarantine in a state-approved location. The City of Garland has become the most proactive city in Texas as regards 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: https://www.garlandanimalservices.org/gov/ab/animals/default.asp
The City of Georgetown, Texas, Animal Services Department has an animal shelter for providing animal sheltering services. The department also provides animal control for the City of Georgetown residents. Licensing of all dogs and cats kept within city limits is required. Valid proof of rabies vaccination is required to purchase a city license. Pets that are spayed or neutered are licensed for $5 annually. Animals that are still intact are licensed for $20 annually. There is a limit of five dogs and/or cats per household in Georgetown. However, a person may apply for a multiple pet permit, to own more than five pets. The Animal Services Department will inspect such premises. If the permit is granted, the annual fee is $25. Tethering or chaining a dog is against city ordinance unless a person is holding the restraint. Cogs cannot run at large within city limits. Cats are permitted to run at large only if they are altered and vaccinated for rabies. The web page providing an overview of Georgetown animal ordinances is here: https://pets.georgetown.org/overview/ordinances/.
The City of Grand Prairie, Texas, Animal Services together with Prairie Paws Adoption Center encourages responsible pet ownership. All dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations. It is unlawful for dogs to be allowed to run at large within Grand Prairie City Limits. Dangerous dogs and other animals discovered running at large may be destroyed by a peace officer or animal services officer, in the interest of public safety. City ordinances define a “dangerous animal,” and the definition includes if the owner is aware of a pet’s dangerous propensity to attack other animals or humans. There are restrictions regarding tethering of dogs and other animals. For instance, tethering of animals is not allowed between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 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 is a disproportionately high number of dog attacks on children, as compared to adults. Link to ordinance: http://www.gptx.org/city-government/city-departments/animal-services
Grapevine Animal Control in the City of Grapevine, Texas, helps citizens with responsible pet management. One of the goals of Animal Control is to help reduce animal concerns. Nuisance complaints are common, such as dogs that bark incessantly. It’s good for dogs to bark sometimes; but when they continually bark and disturb the neighbors, action must be taken. For pet owners who are faced with this problem, we recommend obedience training and offer tips on our website for “Solving Barking Problems.” Animal bites are a concern because of the potential for contracting the potentially deadly rabies virus. Anyone bitten by an animal and the skin is broken should immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water for at least five minutes. Seek medical attention, and within 24 hours, notify animal services. Provide information such as a description of the animal and location of the animal, if known. The animal must be quarantined for ten days. If the animal cannot be located for quarantine, post-exposure rabies vaccinations must be given to the bite victim, as a potentially life-saving measure. Some of the other services provided by Grapevine Animal Control are responding to wildlife complaints and investigating reports of animal neglect and animal cruelty. 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: http://www.grapevinetexas.gov/index.aspx?nid=450
The City of Harlingen TX Animal Control Department is staffed by three animal control officers and one Senior Animal Control Officer. All are under the direction of the Environmental Health Director. The department’s responsibility is to promote responsible pet ownership through public education. Enforcement of the city’s animal control ordinances is also a priority. Harlingen Animal Control impounds dogs and cats involved in bite incidents. The purpose is to ensure proper monitoring, as per Texas State requirements and rabies control. Captured and surrendered animals are turned over to Animal Control Officers and subsequently taken to the city Animal Shelter. The Harlingen Humane Society staff monitors the animal shelter. Among the other duties of animal control officers is to investigate possible cruelty to animal cases. City patrols strive to maintain public safety by following up on calls regarding dogs and other animals running at large. Every year, low-cost rabies clinics are offered by the city at convenient locations throughout. The website for Harlingen Animal Control is here: http://www.myharlingen.us/default.aspx?name=health.animalcontrol. Animal ordinances for Harlingen, Texas, are here: http://www.myharlingen.us/users/0006/docs/health.Ord_04_28.pdf.
Haltom City Animal Services employs one Kennel Technician and three civilian Officers. 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. Registration of cats and dogs is implemented but is not a requirement. An exception is if an animal has been found to be in violation of city ordinances. Current rabies vaccinations are a requirement for all dogs and cats over three months of age. Dogs cannot be at large within the city limits of Haltom City. Anyone who is bitten by an animal, if the bite breaks the skin, must report the incident to Haltom City Animal Services within 24 hours. It is important that the dog or other animal responsible for the bite be quarantined for ten days. If the animal cannot be located, the victim must get post-exposure rabies vaccinations. Waiting until symptoms of rabies manifest is not an option because once symptoms appear, there is virtually no possibility of surviving. 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
Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC) handles animal services in the City of Houston, Texas. Pet owners are required to license dogs and cats. The annual license for an altered pet is $20 and for an unaltered pet it’s $60. Proof of spaying or neutering is required, along with a current rabies certificate. Every animal bite must be reported to authorities, according to the Texas State Health and Safety Code. Call 3-1-1 to report an animal bite. Information to share includes location of the animal, if known, and address where the bite occurred. A dog can be declared as a nuisance under several circumstances, including if the animal interferes with the right to enjoyment of life by persons other than the owners. The interference can be due to incessant barking or howling, damaging property other than the owner’s, and repeated defecation on another’s property. The city has a dangerous dog 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 Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC): http://houstontx.gov/barc/. More information about Houston animal laws is here: http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6codeofordinances.
The City of Irving, Texas, Animal Services has a link at its website to its animal control ordinance. The City notes that it will respond to emergency calls about aggressive or dangerous dogs that are at large. Reports of dogs at large that exhibit a threatening act are handled as emergencies. Attacks on another animal and/or bites or attacks on a person are also priorities. If the likelihood exists that the dog is an imminent danger to the public, authorities should be contacted immediately. Animal control field services in Irving include loose or stray dogs and other animals, dog bites and other animal bites, animal cruelty, and neglect. The department is also responsible for removing dead animals in roadways. Nuisance cases are followed up on. This includes dogs that bark excessively and dogs that destroy property other than the owner’s. Public education programs are available to help Irving pet owners understand their responsibilities. Animal bites should be reported within 24 hours, according to the Texas State Health and Safety Code. Link to Irving Animal Services website: http://www.ci.irving.tx.us/animal-services/index.html
The City of Keller, Texas, Animal Services department provides assistance to more than 90,000 citizens within about a 60-square-mile area. The department has responsibilities which include impoundments, investigation of animal bites, ordinance enforcement, and 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. All dogs and cats four months of age or older are required to have current rabies vaccinations. Dogs and cats are not permitted to be at large within the City of Keller’s city limits. Any animal found at large will be impounded in the city’s animal shelter. If a dog or other loose animal has not been redeemed within three days, the animal may be adopted or disposed of humanely. Deadly force may be used against any dog or other animal presenting an imminent risk of serious bodily injury or death. All cases of rabies or suspected rabies must be reported to authorities. Any animal that bites a person and breaks the skin must be quarantined in a state-approved location for at least ten days. For more information, go to the animal services website for Keller here: http://www.cityofkeller.com/services/animal-services-adoptions. The city’s animal ordinances are here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/keller/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICO_CH3ANFOINRE
League City, Texas, animal control is a division of the League City Police Department. Enforcement of city ordinances and state laws pertaining to animals and fowls is the responsibility of animal control. The mission is to promote responsible pet ownership and provide humane education to the public. Promoting humane treatment of animals is also part of the division’s mission. For the welfare of citizens within the city limits of League City, city ordinances and state laws are enforced. League City animal control is dedicated to informing and educating the public with regard to their responsibilities not only to their pets but also to their neighborhood and community. The purpose of animal control laws is to minimize the dangers and nuisances cause by irresponsible pet owners. Additional services are provided by animal control, such as offering tours of the animal shelter. There is a volunteer program for adults and juniors. The link to the League City Animal Control website is here: http://www.leaguecity.com/index.aspx?NID=592
The City of Lewisville enforces ordinances related to animal control. Rabies control is an important issue related to public health and safety. All dogs and cats age four months old or older must have a current rabies vaccination. If an animal is known or suspected to be rabid, information should be provided about the animal to the animal control officer within 24 hours of discovery. Animal bites must also be reported within the same time frame. An animal that bites and breaks the skin must be quarantined or tested for rabies. The city animal services 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, otherwise known as tethering, a dog for long periods of time can cause the dog to become aggressive or vicious. There are various circumstances in which a pet owner may be cited on a nuisance violation due to actions of a dog or another animal in their custody. For instance, if a dog barks incessantly, consistently disturbing the neighbors, a nuisance citation may be issued. Here is a link to the Lewisville Animal Services Ordinances: http://www.cityoflewisville.com/index.aspx?page=846
The City of Laredo Animal Control Program includes various services, including impounding stray dogs, investigating nuisance complaints, and enforcing the Laredo animal ordinance. Laredo has an extensive animal control ordinance, and it adopts a portion of state law. To redeem an impounded animal in Laredo, a fee must be paid, and there are additional requirements. For instance, if a dog or cat has not been vaccinated or there is no supporting evidence of a vaccination, before release, the animal will be vaccinated at the owner’s expense. It is against the law to abandon, dump, or set at large any dog or other small animal within city limits. Stray dogs should be reported to Laredo animal control within 24 hours. There are sanitation standards which must be met by pet owners. Any pet owner who fails to remove feces deposited by their animal on public or private property is in violation of Laredo city ordinance. Animal cruelty is a state law violation that is punishable by a fine and/or incarceration. Here is a link to the City of Laredo Health Department and animal control: http://www.cityoflaredo.com/Health/Healthindex.htm. The Laredo animal ordinance is here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/laredo/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH6ANFO
The City of Longview Animal Control has the responsibility of protecting citizens by reducing injury and disease related to animals. Responsible pet ownership is also encouraged through active field enforcement of state laws and local ordinances and through public education. Anyone who sees a stray animal should call the City of Longview Animal Control. A detailed description of the animal should be provided, such as size, color, breed, and whether or not the animal is wearing tags. All dogs and cats picked up by animal control are taken to the Humane Society of Northeast Texas. Dogs and cats older than four months old are required by local ordinance and state law to be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies can be deadly. Vaccinations are a first line of defense to protect your family against the disease. In cold or warm outdoor temperatures, it can be dangerous to leave your pet in the car. Any animal inside a vehicle showing signs of distress may be removed by an animal control officer, police officer, or fire fighter, using whatever force is necessary to rescue the animal, such as breaking a window. The website for Longview animal services is here: http://longviewtexas.gov/2847/Animal-Control
The City of Lubbock's animal control ordinance limits the number of pets that a resident can own within city limits. No residence can harbor more than four adult dogs and/or four adult cats over four months old. Residences within city limits are limited to one litter of puppies or kittens at once. Animal bites must be reported within 24 hours, as an essential part of rabies and zoonosis control. Inhumane treatment of animals is against the law. Anyone who sees evidence of animal neglect or abuse is urged to contact animal services immediately. Abandoning an animal is a form of animal cruelty and is against the law. There are restrictions in Lubbock regarding tethering of dogs and other animals. If it is determined that a dog is dangerous, the City of Lubbock can require the owner to obtain liability insurance with at least $250,000.00 in coverage. Here is a link to Lubbock Animal Services: 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. No residence within Mansfield city limits may house more than four dogs or four cats, with a combination of six total over the age of eight weeks that cannot be exceeded. According to the animal control ordinance for Mansfield TX, one definition of a dangerous dog is one which makes an unprovoked attack on a human which causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than the secure enclosure in which the animal was kept. If the determination that a dog is dangerous is upheld on appeal, the owner must have the animal removed from the city, providing and exact address. Otherwise, the dog will be relinquished for humane euthanasia. It is prohibited in Mansfield to keep a dog or other animal which disturbs any person of ordinary sensibilities, with such behaviors as incessant barking. It is unlawful to have a dog or cat over 16 weeks of age without registering the animal with the City of Mansfield. Go to: http://www.mansfield-tx.gov/ps/ac/. Animal control ordinances for Mansfield are here: https://www.mansfieldtexas.gov/sites/default/files/animalcontrolordinance.pdf.
City of McKinney Animal Control strives to help protect people and their property. Animal control also acts as a humane organization that protects animals. Addressing reports of neglected and abused animals is among the emergency services provided by animal services. Collin County Animal Shelter provides animal sheltering services for McKinney. Rabies control is among the important areas of responsibility of animal control. There is a limitation on the number of pets that can be owned within McKinney city limits, and animal control addresses those requirements. Stray and abandoned animals are also among the duties of animal control. It is unlawful for a person to interfere with an animal control officer while he or she is engaged in the performance of his or her duties. All dogs and cats within city limits must be vaccinated against rabies. McKinney's animal control ordinance expressly adopts Chapter 822 of the Texas Health and Safety Code. The website for McKinney TX Animal Control is here: https://www.mckinneytexas.org/index.aspx?NID=216. Link to animal ordinances for McKinney is here: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=14250&stateId=43&stateName=Texas
Mesquite TX Animal Services requires 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. Anyone bitten by a dog should wash the wound as soon as possible and seek medical care. It is unlawful to keep an animal in Mesquite in such a manner that it creates a nuisance. Residents of Mesquite are limited to three adult dogs plus one litter of puppies. Residents may also have up to three adult cats. Pets must be confined by a tether or fence of sufficient strength to prevent the pet from escaping. Animals kept outdoors must have access to water and shelter at all times. On their website, Mesquite Animal Services provides advice on what to do if you see a stray dog nearby. Do not try to feed, pet, or interact with an unknown animal without the permission of the owner. Avoid running if you encounter a dog because dogs have a strong prey drive that compels them to give chase. The link to the official website for Mesquite TX Animal Services is here: http://www.cityofmesquite.com/130/Animal-Services. The website for Mesquite city ordinances is here: http://www.cityofmesquite.com/1163/City-Ordinances.
The City of 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. Any pets that arrive at the shelter without a current City of Midland license are held for only two working days before they are available for adoption, transfer, or euthanasia. Dogs, cats, and other domestic animals may not run at large within city limits. It is unlawful for anyone to keep any dog with vicious propensities or which has shown a disposition to attack human beings or domestic animals. There is a specific ordinance about female dogs in heat; they may not run at large or be kept or maintained in a public place. It is a misdemeanor in Midland to harbor or keep a dog which barks loudly or howls in a way which disturbs the quiet and peace of the neighborhood. Dogs, cats, and ferrets must have an annual animal license; the annual fee is $7. For more information, go to: http://www.midlandtexas.gov/391/Animal-Services.
The City of Mineral Wells Animal Control 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. According to the City of Mineral Wells Municipal Code of Ordinances, it is unlawful for the owner of a dog or other animal to allow the animal to run at large. Cats are an exception, though owners must not be lax in the supervision of their pets to the point that the cats become a disturbance to persons of ordinary sensibilities. It is unlawful for a person to cause or maintain an animal nuisance within city limits. It is unlawful to feed cats or dogs on a public sidewalk or street. It is also unlawful to interfere with an animal control officer in pursuit of an animal which has been seen running at large. This means that animal control employees may enter private property in the course of fulfilling their job responsibilities. The official website for the Mineral Wells animal shelter is: http://www.mineralwellstx.gov/index.aspx?NID=108. The City of Mineral Wells Municipal Code of Ordinances is here: http://www.mineralwellstx.gov/index.aspx?nid=135
Mission, Texas, city ordinances provide information for pet owners and citizens with animal concerns. It is unlawful for any owner or keeper of a dog to permit such dog to run at large within city limits. Running at large means free of restraint beyond the boundaries of the keeper’s premises. If a dog is on a leash and held by a competent person, the dog is not deemed to be running at large. It is unlawful for anyone within Mission city limits to keep a dog that frequently or habitually barks, howls, or causes annoyance and a disturbance of the peace and quiet of any individual. Anyone who believes there has been a violation of this ordinance should file a complaint against the keeper or owner of the dog. Complaints should be filed with the animal control officer. A dangerous dog is any dog that is capable of or by past performance or record has injured, bitten, disturbed, or scratched a person or other animal. Anyone owning or having in their possession within the city of Mission a vicious or dangerous dog has a duty to restrain such dog safely within their own premises, according to city ordinance. Mission TX ordinances are here: https://law.resource.org/pub/us/code/city/tx/Mission,%20TX%20CODE%20thru%20supp%20%237.pdf.
Missouri City, Texas, Animal Control has specific missions to benefit its citizens. Animal Control works to ensure that all proper vaccinations have been administered to cats and dogs. State laws and municipal laws regarding animal control are enforced. Registration for all dogs and cats within city limits is enforced. Temporary housing and care for impounded animals is provided. All animal bite cases are responded to effectively and with efficiency. Rabies tests are conducted, when warranted. Anyone who witnesses animal cruelty is urged to report it to the Missouri City Police Department or Crime Stoppers. It is unlawful for pet owners to allow their dogs to run at large. According to Missouri City ordinance, the number of cats and dogs that can be kept in an owner’s possession at one time is limited. Only four animals per household are allowed. Learn more at the Missouri City Animal Control Website here: http://www.missouricitytx.gov/?nid=92.
The City of Murphy Animal Control is a division of the city’s police department. The duties of animal control include investigating animal bites, which is part of rabies control. Anyone who is bitten by an animal or is aware of a dog bite or other type of animal bite that breaks the skin of a human must report the incident to Animal Control within 24 hours. The dog or other animal responsible for the bite must be quarantined for at least ten days at a location that is state-approved. Rabies is an important public health issue, and raising awareness is also a responsibility of animal control. West Nile Virus is another threat to public health that the City of Murphy Animal Control department addresses. Pets within the city limits are required to be registered. Proof of a current rabies vaccination from a veterinarian is required at the time of registration. The fee for unaltered animals is higher than for animals that have been spayed or neutered. For more information, go to the following website: http://www.murphytx.org/index.aspx?nid=65.
New Braunfels Animal Control Officers provide a variety of animal services for citizens of New Braunfels. Investigating dog bites and cruelty cases are priorities. Grooming parlors and local animal shops are routinely inspected. Lost and stray animals are provided with sanitary shelter. The New Braunfels animal licensing program is implemented and enforced. Veterinary medical care is provided, as required. The rabies vaccination program is promoted. In addition, responsible pet ownership is promoted. Animal services provides information for pet owners with nuisance barking dogs at their website. The website for New Braunfels Animal Services is here: http://www.nbtexas.org/index.aspx?NID=541.
North Richland Hills
The North Richland Hills Animal Adoption and Rescue Center (AARC) is owned and operated by the City of North Richland Hills with community support. AARC exists to protect the safety, health, and welfare of people and animals in the community. The goal of AARC is to provide prompt services with professional precision and also compassion for animals that cannot speak for themselves. The programs and performance of duties of our staff have been recognized as being outstanding and excellent on both a state and national level. Responsibilities include reducing pet overpopulation, returning lost pets to their owners, rescuing unwanted animals, and re-homing pets in homes that are loving and provide safety. At the following link, forms are available for reporting animal issues: http://www.nrhtx.com/requesttracker.aspx. Citizens can report animal neglect or cruelty, barking nuisance, a deceased animal, a household exceeding pet limits, and other animal concerns. There is an annual 5K run to benefit the NRH Animal Adoption and Rescue Center. The NRH Centre Scholarship Fund also benefits from the fundraiser. The website for the North Richland Hills Texas Animal Adoption and Rescue Center is: http://www.nrhtx.com/index.aspx?nid=89.
The City of Odessa Animal Control is a division of the city’s police department. 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. It is unlawful for keepers or owners of animals to allow such animals to run at large. Animals may not be tethered to a stake or other object within the city on public property. If a person knows of an animal scratch or bite by an animal that is capable of transmitting rabies, the incident must be reported to the city police animal control division as soon as possible. The animal will be quarantined for ten days, according to state requirements. Residents of Odessa may request that their pet be dipped or sprayed for flea and tick control. Bring animals to the animal control shelter for this service; there is a fee. For more information, go to the following link: http://www.odessapd.com/index.aspx?page=45. The page includes a link to animal ordinances and answers to commonly asked questions.
The City of Paris Animal Control division has a mission to balance the health, welfare, and safety of citizens with those of animals within city limits. One of the most important duties of the Paris Animal Control department is investigation of reports about rabid animals. Rabies is a deadly and highly contagious disease. Animal bites are also investigated, and the animals that bite and could be rabid are quarantined for ten days, according to state requirements. Animal cruelty is against the law, and reports of animal cruelty are handled as a priority. The animal control officers actively enforce city ordinances, including leash laws. It is unlawful for dogs and other animals to run at large within the city. Stray and loose animals are captured by Animal Control Officers. The officers work closely with the Lamar County Humane Association in an attempt to find adoptive homes for the animals. If residents of Paris experience continuous problems with stray animals, a dog or cat trap can be checked out at the Animal Shelter. 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
The purpose of the City of Pearland Animal Services and Adoption Center is to protect animals and promote pet adoptions. Ten trained professionals are on staff with the city to serve the public and local animals. Educating the public about responsible pet ownership and promoting pet adoptions are among the services provided by Pearland Animal Services. Stray, abandoned, and quarantined animals are also impounded. When disaster strikes, the city offers support to residents who have pets. Within Pearland city limits, all dogs and cats must be registered. The cost of registering an altered pet is $10. For animals that are not sterilized, the annual fee is $20. At the time of registration, proof of current rabies vaccinations is required. Five pets is the maximum allowed in any one household. The website for Pearland Animal Services is here: http://pearlandtx.gov/departments/animal-services.
The City of Pflugerville, Texas, Animal Control Division is responsible for the health and safety of the pet and homeless animal population within city limits. The management of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter is another duty. The shelter helps to provide safety to citizens and creates a safe haven for lost or unwanted animals. It is unlawful for dogs to be off leash. Animals must be either confined to their yard, on a leash, or under the control of their owner. Any animal found at large will be placed in the Pflugerville Animal Control (PAC) Shelter by Pflugerville Animal Control Division Officers. Owners have five days in which to claim lost pets. After five days, animals become the property of the City of Pflugerville. Protection from dangerous animals is provided for residents through the city code. Once an animal is deemed to be vicious, the owner must confine the animal to a yard or cage approved by the Pflugerville Animal Control Division. The website for Pflugersville Animal Control is here: https://tx-pflugerville3.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=1350.
The City of Pharr Animal Control is responsible for the care and safety of animals. The city offers vaccination clinics each January. To register your pet for a vaccination clinic or to register your pet with the City of Pharr, call (956) 702-3647. Cats and dogs within the city limits must be licensed and vaccinated. Current rabies vaccinations are required for dogs and cats over the age of four months. The license and rabies vaccination tags must be worn by the animals at all times. It is unlawful for animals to run at large within city limits. An animal control officer or designee has the authority to pick up and impound any animal running at large in Pharr, TX. Animal owners are also responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited on public property, recreation areas, walkways, or on the property of others. To learn more, go to the Pharr Animal Control Division at this website: http://pharr-tx.gov/departments/public-works/animal-control/.
The City of Plano Animal Services Department promotes responsible pet ownership. In addition, Animal Services seeks to provide outstanding animal health and welfare and human health protection services. All dogs, cats, and ferrets must be registered with the City of Plano Animal Services Division. This is among the requirements detailed in the Plano City Ordinances. To register your pet, the following is needed: A copy of your pet’s current rabies vaccination paperwork, a rabies tag number, and pet description. Registering a pet in Plano can be done on line or at several locations. Registration costs are higher for dogs and cats that have not been spayed or neutered. Senior citizens are offered reduced registration costs in certain circumstances. Annual registration of a dangerous animal is $250. There can be up to ten animals in a single family residence. A multi-pet permit is required for over ten animals in a single family dwelling and for over five animals in a multi-family dwelling. Money collected from registration fees goes to the Plano Animal Shelter. The funds provide food, housing, and veterinary care for many thousands of homeless animals annually. Pet owners in Plano who vaccinate, register, and sterilize their pet can save up to $75 off of first-time impound fees. Here is a link to the City of Plano Animal Services home page: https://www.plano.gov/194/Animal-Services.
Port Arthur Animal Control is located on 4th Street in Port Arthur, Texas. The code of ordinances for Port Arthur provides information regarding dogs, cats, and other domestic animals. It is unlawful to keep dangerous animals within city limits. Pet owners must abide by sanitation requirements for keeping animals, as detailed in the Port Arthur code of ordinances. In addition, owners of dogs, cats, and other domestic animals must remove and properly dispose of animal feces from the property of another or from public property. Citizens can file complaints regarding vicious animals with the animal control officer. Such reports are investigated and could result in an animal being deemed dangerous, which can result in destruction of the animal or mandatory requirements of the animal’s owner. Within Port Arthur city limits, there is a limit of five dogs, cats, or a combination of dogs and cats. Tethering of dogs is restricted; for example, a tethered dog must be properly fitted with and wearing a collar or harness made of nylon or leather. Also, the tether must be at least ten feet long. The section of the Port Arthur Code of Ordinances regarding animals is here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/port_arthur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH10AN.
The City of Richardson Animal Services department provides numerous important services. There is a live animal cam available on the Animal Services website, which makes it possible to see animals currently up for adoption at the Richardson Animal Shelter. All dogs and cats four months old and older must be immunized against rabies and registered with the City of Richardson Animal Shelter. Pets must wear the current city registration tag and rabies tag at all times. The cost to register a pet is higher for unsterilized animals. Registration can be done online, in person, or by regular mail. 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. It is unlawful for a pet owner to allow their animals to run at large within Richardson city limits. Permitting or carrying out inhumane treatment of animals is also unlawful. Dangerous and/or vicious animals may not be harbored within the corporate limits of the city. There are guidelines regarding guard dogs in the ordinance, as well. The City of Richardson Animal Services page is here: http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=128. Here is a link to the ordinance: http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=10221&stateId=43&stateName=Texas
The Mission of the City of Rockwall Animal Services division includes specializing in the adoption of and humane care of animals. The general health and safety of the community is also a priority, and professional public contact is provided. Local and state regulations related to animals are enforced by Rockwall Animal Services. Requests for animal services are responded to promptly. Animal control officers seek to remain visible and available to help. The officers provide public service and education programs on such topics as responsible pet ownership. Pets must be registered with the city. Dogs and cats must display both a current city registration and a rabies tag at all times. For assistance with an animal emergency after hours, contact the Rockwall Police Department. The City of Rockwall Animal Services web page is here: http://www.rockwall.com/animalservices.asp.
The goal of the City of 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. Pet owners are not permitted to allow their pets to run at large within city limits. Complaints regarding dangerous dogs and other dangerous animals are investigated. Animal cruelty complaints are also a priority and are investigated by Round Rock Animal Control Officers. All dogs and cats three months old and older within the city limits must be registered with the city. Proof of a current rabies vaccination of the pet is required at time of registration. Dogs certified and trained to assist the disabled can be registered at no charge. The City of Round Rock Animal Control web page is here: http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/departments/police/animal-control/.
City of Rowlett TX Animal Services offers help with matters within city limits that are animal-related. Animal services addresses reports of lost pets. Pet owners are advised to check the animal shelter first, if their pet is missing. If a warm-blooded animal bites a human and breaks the skin, the wound should be washed immediately, a physician should be consulted, and the shelter should be contacted. Warm-blooded animals that can pass rabies on to humans include dogs, cats, skunks, foxes, and bats. All dogs, cats, and ferrets in the City of Rowlett must be registered. Animals must wear their registration tags and current rabies vaccination tags at all times. Registration tags always expire at the same time as rabies tags. Pets with a three-year rabies vaccine are still required to be registered annually. Registration can be accomplished at the shelter or via the U.S. Postal Service. Animal services also follows up on nuisance complaints. Low-cost sterilization and vaccinations are available through Animal Services. For more information, go to: http://www.rowlett.com/index.aspx?NID=99
City of 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. Among the duties of animal control in Sachse is protecting pets from neglect and abuse. Citizens are urged to contact animal control regarding any evidence of animal abuse, such as animals consistently being denied food, water, or shelter. Lost pets are brought to the animal shelter, which is maintained by animal control. Animal ordinances and state laws are enforced within city limits. Rabies control and quarantines are handled according to state guidelines. All dogs, cats, and ferrets within the City of Sachse must be registered. Proof of current rabies vaccination must be provided at the time of registration. Pets must wear both the city tag and rabies vaccination tag at all times. Pet owners must pay an annual registration fee to the city, even when rabies vaccinations are given every three years. For additional information, go to the following link, which is the City of Sachse Animal Control website: http://www.cityofsachse.com/index.aspx?NID=90
San Angelo’s Animal Services Division operates the animal shelter. Stray and surrendered animals receive care, provision, and humane treatment at the animal shelter. Animal bites are investigated by animal services. Anyone who has been bitten or scratched by an animal that is subject to contracting rabies should wash the wound, contact a physician, and contact San Angelo Animal Services. The animal will be quarantined for ten days at a state-approved location. The city 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. The first time an animal is picked up, the owner is not charged a fee. Any subsequent occasions in which the animal is impounded as a result of running at large, however, incur fees. The City of San Angelo Animal Services web page is here: http://www.cosatx.us/departments-services/animal-services.
The City of San Antonio changed its pet licensing program as of April 30, 2015. The primary means of licensing for pets living within the city limits of San Antonio is now microchipping. Microchips only need to be registered with the microchip manufacturer. Formally registering a pet’s microchip with the city or with animal control services is not required. What is required is that pets have a registered microchip. Animal Care Services officer microchipping at any time during regular business hours, and no appointment is needed. Free microchips are available to San Antonio residents. Dogs must wear a tag with the registered microchip number when outdoors. There are exemptions to a registered microchip, including if a pet owner has been in the city for fewer than 30 days. Animal Control in San Antonio provides numerous services to citizens, including responding to calls about suspected abuse or cruelty to animals. Calls about animal bites and dangerous dogs are investigated, as well. Like many other cities, San Antonio requires owners of certain dog breeds to have liability insurance to cover dog bites. The website for the City of San Antonio Care Services is here: http://www.sanantonio.gov/AnimalCare/Home.aspx.
The City of San Marcos Animal Control Officers respond to numerous service calls throughout the year. The services most frequently used include the following. 1-Animals at large are frequently a concern among citizens. Dogs must be physically restrained at all times. Dogs and cats must be licensed and vaccinated annually. 2 – Citizens of San Marcos should never leave unattended pets in vehicles, particularly in especially hot or cold weather. Anyone who sees an animal in a car exhibiting signs of distress should call City of San Marcos Animal Control at (512) 805-2655. 3 – Barking dogs are frequently a nuisance to neighbors. Neighbors are encouraged to work nuisance issues out. Severe problems that cause disruption should be reported to the San Marcos Police Department on the emergency line, which is (512) 753-2108. Tips on correcting barking issues are on the website below. To learn more, go to the link to the City of San Marcos, Texas, Animal Control, here: http://www.ci.san-marcos.tx.us/index.aspx?page=92.
City of Sherman Animal Control Officers strive to protect animals that are stray, abused, or neglected. They also work to protect citizens from dangerous animals. All pets within Sherman city limits are required to be properly vaccinated against rabies, beginning at three months of age. Pets must wear current rabies vaccination tags at all times. In public places, such as parks, dogs must be kept on a leash. An unattended dog that is out-of-doors must be fastened to a leash, chain, or other device or left inside a fence that is adequate to prevent the dog from leaving the yard. There is no leash law for cats in Sherman, but a citizen can request that the Sherman Animal Shelter trap and remove a cat from their property. It is unlawful to abuse or cruelly mistreat any animal. Pets are committing a violation if they fail to given an animal proper water, food, and shelter. Abandoning an animal is also an offense. The Sherman Animal Shelter serves Grayson County, providing animal adoptions and more. The Animal Ordinances page of the City of Sherman TX website is here: https://www.ci.sherman.tx.us/281/Animal-Ordinances.
Spring, Texas, is a suburb of Houston, Texas. Animal control services are handled by BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC). Animal control responds to many requests for action related to stray animals. Pet owners are required to license dogs and cats. The annual license for an altered pet is $20; the fee is $60 for an unaltered pet. Proof of spaying or neutering is required, along with a current rabies certificate from a qualified veterinarian. Every animal bite must be reported to authorities, according to the Texas State Health and Safety Code. Call 3-1-1 to report an animal bite. Information to share includes location of the animal, if known, and address where the bite occurred. A dog can be declared as a nuisance under several circumstances, including if the animal interferes with the right to enjoyment of life by persons other than the owners. The interference can be due to incessant barking or howling, damaging property other than the owner’s, and repeated defecation on another’s property. The city’s dangerous dog 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 Barc Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC): http://houstontx.gov/barc/. More information about Spring/Houston animal laws is here: http://www.houstontx.gov/barc/chapter6codeofordinances.
The mission of Sugar Land Animal Services is to build a more humane community. The protection and health of animals and citizens is what animal services is devoted to. Sugar Land Petopia strives to find forever homes for impounded and stray animals. Petopia also provides education regarding responsible pet ownership and pet care. Owners are required by law to provide dogs and other animals with sufficient water, food, shelter, and protection from the weather. When needed to prevent suffering, veterinary care is also required. A dog may not be left outside without some form of restraint. It is against the law to leave an animal enclosed in a parked vehicle if the animal is subjected to extreme temperatures that could threaten the animal’s safety, health, or welfare. The website for Sugar Land Animal Services is here: http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/animalservices. The animal ordinances for Sugar Land are here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/sugar_land/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH3HESA_ARTIIANSE
Pet owners in the City of Temple, TX, are required to have 100% control of their animals. Pets must be on a leash, in an enclosure, or under the control of a person at all times. All dogs and cats four months of age or older must have current rabies vaccinations. The animals must wear the metal tag showing proof of vaccination, and pet owners must keep the certification of vaccination. There is a restriction on keeping rabbits in Temple. No one shall maintain or keep rabbits or hares within 150 feet of another residence. There are similar restrictions that apply to all non-pet animals, such as livestock. It is unlawful for vicious dogs to be in public. No aggressive dog or animal with vicious propensities is allowed in a public place within the city, even if that dog is on a leash, chain, or otherwise. Any dog that has bitten or attacked a human or another animal is considered by the city to be aggressive or to have vicious tendencies.The website for the City of Temple Animal Laws is here: http://www.templetexas.us/index.aspx?NID=95. Temple animal ordinances are here: http://www.ci.temple.tx.us/DocumentCenter/Home/View/179.
Animal control issues in The Woodlands Township are handled by the Montgomery County Animal Service Center. The enforcement of the Montgomery County Rabies Control and Animal Restraint Ordinance as well as the Montgomery County Wild and Dangerous Animal Ordinance is the responsibility of Montgomery County Animal Control Authority. They are also responsible for investigating reports of rabies exposure, which includes submitting the testing of animals suspected of being rabid. All dogs and cats must be kept under restraint. As required by the Rabies Control Act of 1981, all dogs and cats must have current vaccinations, with the exception of animals under four months of age. Proof of vaccination must be worn at all times. Photos of impounded dogs and cats are available at the link below. All animal bites that break the skin must be reported to Montgomery County Animal Control Authority within 24 hours. The animal must also be quarantined for ten days in a state-approved location. The website for the Montgomery County Animal Service Center is here: http://www.co.montgomery.tx.us/dept/departments_a-b/animal_control/index.html
The City of Tyler Animal Control Services provides Animal and Mosquito Control Services to the city 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. Animal services picks up strays and responds to calls concerning animal bites. Within the City of Tyler, a household can have four dogs, four cats, or any combination thereof. Dogs must not run at large within city limits. All dogs, cats, and ferrets over three months of age must have a current rabies vaccination. Resources on the website include information on the dangers of leaving pets in your car during summertime. The temperature in a car can easily soar to over 117°F within one hour when the outside temperature is 72°F. Between the heat and the humidity, pets can easily suffer a heatstroke. The City of Tyler Animal Control Services web page is here: http://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/AnimalServices.aspx.
City of Victoria, TX, animal services are handled by Victoria County Animal Control. Contact animal control regarding lost, injured, or stray animals. Citizens are urged to report signs of animal cruelty, such as animals consistently going without water or food. Dangerous animals threatening the safety of people or other animals should be immediately reported to Victoria animal control. Animal bites should be reported within 24 hours. Reporting animal bites is part of rabies control and is a state law. Loose livestock and dead animals on public property should also be reported. Animal owners must, by law, exercise control over their animals in a way that prevents them from chasing, attacking, or threatening passing persons or vehicles or other animals. If a dog is loudly and excessively barking, whining, or howling in a way that distresses or disturbs the rest or comfort of neighbors, it is an illegal noise offense. The website for the City of Victoria and Victoria County Animal Services is here: http://www.victoriacountytx.org/index.php/en/county-departments?id=321. Animal ordinances for Victoria TX are here: https://www.municode.com/library/tx/victoria/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CICO_CH4ANFO.
The City of Waco Animal Control’s mission is to actively enforce state and local laws and much more. Matters involving dangerous animals are investigated. Responsible pet ownership is promoted through public education. Stray, dangerous, and surrendered animals are given humane sheltering and disposal. The goal of the City of Waco Animal Shelter is ultimately to eliminate the need to euthanize healthy, surplus, or unwanted animals. An animal may not be tethered, fastened, or chained in any way that could cause pain or injury. Tethered animals must be able to reach food, water, and shelter at all times. Dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets over three months of age must be vaccinated for rabies. According to Waco city ordinance, since 2014, all animals must be spayed or neutered unless owned by breeders or unless an older animal. If your pet is missing, check with the Humane Society of Central Texas, where it may be impounded. The website for The City of Waco Texas Animal Control Services is here: http://www.waco-texas.com/animal-control.asp.
The City of Waxahachie’s Animal Control and Shelter Services are provided by the Waxahachie Police 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. The city ordinances include information regarding animals. It is unlawful for any person to abandon any animal within the corporate limits of the city. Keeping or harboring animals that create a nuisance, such as by continuous barking, is unlawful. Dogs, cats, and other outdoor pets must be provided with shelter that provides shade and can keep them dry, allowing them to preserve normal body temperature. There are laws governing tethering of dogs. For instance, a dog must not be left outside and unattended between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Allowing dogs to run at large is prohibited. The website for the City of Waxahachie Animal Control is here: http://www.waxahachie.com/Departments/AnimalControl
Among the goals of the City 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. Animal control works toward eliminating animal cruelty. It is unlawful for pet owners to allow dogs to run at large within city limits. Any animal found running at large is subject to being impounded. There is a limit to the number of pets allowed within a residence in Weatherford. The maximum number of pets or companion animals, such as dogs and cats, is five. Only one litter of cats or dogs is allowed in a residence at one time. The owner of a dog deemed dangerous must comply with each requirement for dangerous dogs within a given time frame. The web page for the Weatherford Animal Shelter is here: http://ci.weatherford.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=15
The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services handles all of the animal-related issues within city limits. Animal Control Officers (ACOs) patrol Wichita Falls’ streets every day of the week. The ACOs also respond to calls from concerned citizens. Loose animals are impounded. Complaints of neglect and abuse of animals are investigated. Permit inspections for businesses are conducted, such as at businesses for groomers, pet stores, and breeders. There are numerous services that are provided by animal control after hours. For instance, reports of dog bites are handled as emergencies. Dead animals that are posing a traffic hazard are removed. It is also considered an emergency if dogs are attacking other animals. Skunks seen in daylight hours are a possible sign that the animal is rabid, and sightings should be reported to animal services. Pictures of all animals picked up by Animal Control are posted at this website: 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 the animal control website, here: 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. In addition, animal control promotes responsible pet ownership and humane treatment of animals. Animal Control is responsible for enforcing the City of Wylie’s animal control ordinances and the Texas Health and Safety Code pertaining to the control, care, and regulation of animals. According to state law, all animal bites must be reported to animal control, regardless of the severity of the bite. Animal cruelty is unlawful. Any citizen who sees evidence of possible animal cruelty should call animal control or go online to report it. Citizens can also report a barking dog problem online. Dogs, cats, and domestic ferrets must be registered annually with the City of Wylie. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be provided for each animal registered. The city offers low-cost pet vaccinations, spaying, and neutering. See the Wylie Animal Control web pages here: http://www.wylietexas.gov/departments/animal_services/index.php.
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