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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.


Texas Law

Below you will find references to areas of the Texas code that govern domestic pets and their caretakers. Many pet laws are set at the local level, so be sure to check your city's local ordinances. If you find these statutes difficult to understand, you may want to view the "plain English" resources on this page or speak to an attorney.

Regulation of Pets:

Cruelty to Animals:

Texas Agency Regulations

Below you will find references to Texas rules and regulations in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) relating to pets.

Explained in "Plain English"

Because Texas and federal law may not be easy to understand, below you'll find a collection of resources that help to explain the law in "plain English."

Puppy Lemon Law

Many Texans wonder whether if they purchase a dog from a breeder and the dog becomes sick, do they have a right to a refund? This is sometimes referred to as a "Puppy Lemon Law." While some states have laws specific to this transaction, Texas does not. Below are resources that discuss laws which may be relevant to this situation.

Dog and Cat Breeders

Persons who raise a certain number of dogs and cats for sale may be subject to laws and regulations for professional breeders. Check with your city to find out if your local area imposes additional regulations.

E-Books Available from the State Law Library

This e-book contains information on pet laws. E-books can be viewed by those who have signed up for a free library account with the State Law Library. Only Texas residents are eligible to sign up. Signing up is free.

Books at the State Law Library

This print book at the State Law Library contains information on pet laws. If you are not able to visit the State Law Library in Austin, this book might be available at a law library near you or a public library near you.

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