Texas has state-level pet laws and regulations set by local municipalities. One statewide law requires that dog owners not leave their pets restrained and unattended outside unless there’s adequate shelter, a shady area and potable water. The surface tether can’t be a sequence, have weights attached to it and have to be not less than five times the length of the dog or 10 feet long.
Here’s a sampling of local ordinances pertaining to pets in Texas.
Houston pet laws
All dogs and cats in Harris County which are age three months and older have to be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination.
Dogs and cats have to be kept under restraint while in public spaces.
San Antonio pet laws
Your dog have to be on a leash if you find yourself walking it and you can’t take your dog onto the driveways and yards of property you don’t own. You can’t allow your dog to defecate on private property not belonging to you and must remove feces immediately when it’s on the general public right of way.
You can’t transport animals in a motorized vehicle unless your pet is safely enclosed inside the vehicle. If the pet is traveling in an open vehicle, equivalent to a convertible or pickup truck, the animal might be in a container or cage or be confined by a rope or other device that’s cross-tied to forestall the pet from falling or jumping from the vehicle, or from strangling on a single leash.
You can’t leave your pet in a standing or parked vehicle if it endangers the pet’s health or safety.
San Antonio forbids pet owners from surgically altering an animal, equivalent to ear cropping, tail docking and declawing, except when done by a licensed veterinarian.
You possibly can have as much as eight cats or five dogs, or a complete of eight cats and dogs at your residence. For those who want more cats and/or dogs, you will want to use for an excess animal permit, which is valid for one 12 months.
Dallas pet laws
Town of Dallas limits the variety of dogs and/or cats to:
- As much as 4 total if you happen to live in an apartment, duplex or townhouse
- As much as six total if you happen to live in a single-family home on lower than half an acre
- As much as eight total if you happen to live in a single-family home on greater than half an acre
These restrictions don’t apply to puppies or kittens age six months and younger or feral cats registered in a feral cat colony.
All dogs and cats age 4 months and older have to be registered annually. To register your pet, you will want to supply proof of current rabies vaccination.
You will need to confine your dog in any respect times, including in a fenced yard, enclosed pen or a hand-held leash. You possibly can not tether your dog for greater than three hours in a 24-hour period.
You possibly can keep your dog outside if it’s kept in a 150 square foot area for every dog age six months or older. You will need to have a structure that’s sturdy enough to forestall your dog from escaping but provide access to a doghouse, shelter or constructing that protects your dog from the weather.
Austin pet laws
You will need to keep your dog under restraint, except in designated areas, equivalent to an off-leash area (OLA). When your dog is in an OLA, it have to be in your sight and under voice control in any respect times. You’re required to get rid of pet waste left on public or private property.
Listed below are some more regulations for off-leash areas:
- Only spayed or neutered dogs are allowed into the OLA
- Dogs age 4 months and younger will not be allowed into the OLA
- Children age six and younger will not be allowed into the OLA
- Aggressive dogs will not be allowed into the OLA
- Don’t bring your dog’s favorite toys into the OLA to discourage problem behavior
For those who are transporting your pet in an open vehicle (equivalent to a convertible), they must be confined in a fashion that stops them from jumping from the vehicle or getting injured.
For those who restrain your dog in your property, the tether have to be attached to a properly fitting collar or harness. The tether can weigh not more than 1/18 of your dog’s body weight. You can’t wrap a tether directly around your dog’s neck. The restraint can’t be placed in a fashion that could lead on to your dog being entangled or not getting access to shelter and water. You can’t leave your dog alone on a tether.