Full Statute Name:  Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated. Local Government Code. Title 7. Regulation of Land Use, Structures, Businesses, and Related Activities. Subtitle A. Municipal Regulatory Authority. Chapter 215. Municipal Regulation of Businesses and Occupations. Subchapter B. Regulation by Type a General-Law Municipality. § 215.026. Animals at Large.

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Primary Citation:  V.T.C.A., Local Government Code § 215.026 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2024 Alternate Citation:  Tex. Loc. Gov't Code Ann. § 215.026 (West) Date Adopted:  1987 Historical: 
Summary: This statute gives municipalities in the state of Texas to establish and regulate pounds and the running at large of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, swine or goats. The statute also allows municipalities to handle the capture, impounding, and sale of any animal at large that is in violation of this statute. Municipalities may also impose penalties on the owner of the animal that is in violation of the statute.

(a) The governing body of the municipality may establish and regulate public pounds.

(b) The governing body may prohibit or otherwise regulate the running at large of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, swine, or goats.

(c) If an animal is at large in violation of an ordinance adopted under this section, the governing body may authorize:

(1) the capture and impounding of the animal;

(2) the sale of the animal for the costs of the sale proceedings and any penalties imposed;

(3) the destruction of the animal if the animal cannot be sold; and

(4) the imposition of a penalty on the owner.


Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 149, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1987.

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