Animal-Related Laws

Texas Penal Code Chapter 42

§ 42.09. Cruelty to Animals

A person commits an offense if the person intentionally or knowingly:

  1. tortures an animal;
  2. fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;
  3. abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody;
  4. transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
  5. kills, seriously injures, or administers poison to an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent;
  6. causes one animal to fight with another;
  7. uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack;
  8. trips a horse;
  9. injures an animal, other than cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or goats, belonging to another without legal authority or the owner's effective consent; or
  10. seriously overworks an animal.

An offense under Subsection (a)(2), (3), (4), (9), or (10) is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the person has previously been convicted two times under this section.

An offense under Subsection (a)(1), (5), (6), (7), or (8) is a state jail felony, except that the offense is a felony of the third degree if the person has previously been convicted two times under this section.

§ 42.091. Attack on an Assistance Animal

a) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly attacks, injures, or kills an assistance animal.
b) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly incites or permits an animal owned by or otherwise in the custody of the actor to attack, injure, or kill an assistance animal and, as a result of the person's conduct, the assistance animal is attacked, injured, or killed.

§ 42.10. Dog Fighting

A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:

  1. causes a dog to fight with another dog;
  2. for a pecuniary benefit causes a dog to fight with another dog;
  3. participates in the earnings of or operates a facility used for dog fighting;
  4. uses or permits another to use any real estate, building, room, tent, arena, or other property for dog fighting;
  5. owns or trains a dog with the intent that the dog be used in an exhibition of dog fighting; or attends as a spectator an exhibition of dog fighting.

Cruelty Complaints

Regarding Dogs, Cats, Horses and All Other Animals

Houston Area:

Houston SPCA - 713-869-7722 - Ask for Cruelty Investigations

Houston Humane Society - 713-433-6421 x 396 - Ask for Cruelty Investigations

Ban on Roadside Animal Sales

Violators Face $500 Fine For Each Violation

The ban makes it illegal to sell any type of animal on public property or public
rights-of-way in unincorporated Harris County, including shopping center parking
lots. Violators could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by as
much as a $500 fine.

REPORT VIOLATORS to local police !!!! Call (281) 999-3191 to report violators!

Sec. 6-118. Roadside and flea market sales.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, trade, barter, lease, rent, give away, or display for a commercial purpose a live animal on a roadside, public right-of-way, commercial parking lot, or at an outdoor special sale, swap meet, flea market, parking lot sale, or similar event.

(b) This section does not apply to:

(1) An agent of a business that has a certificate of occupancy from the building inspection division authorizing the occupancy of the premises for purposes of operating a business selling pets;

(2) Reserved.

(3) An event primarily for the sale of agricultural livestock such as hoofed animals or animals or fowl commonly raised for food, dairy, or fiber products; or

(4) A tax-exempt non-profit organization founded for the purpose of providing humane sanctuary or shelter for abandoned or unwanted animals.

(Ord. No. 07-148, § 11, 1-31-07)