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Animal Law

A guide to resources available online and in the library on the law surrounding pets and service animals, wild animals, wild game, and livestock.


Do livestock need to be fenced?

Open vs. Closed Range

Texas is an open-range state, but counties may hold elections to become closed range and require livestock to be fenced. Many Texas counties became closed range in the early 1900s. You should check with your county to see what the range law is in your area.

Stock Law Lists

Fences & Stray Livestock

Health & Safety of Livestock

Animal Cruelty

Disease Control and Prevention

Stabling and Pasturing

Who Can I Contact?