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.
See the livestock page of this guide for information related to horses, chickens, cows, and other animals considered to be livestock under the law.
State laws regarding animal shelters and the adoption of stray animals are sparse. However, many local governments in Texas regulate animal shelters and rescue organizations and set out rules for the re-homing of lost animals. Be sure to check your local ordinances on this topic.
Persons who raise a certain number of dogs and cats for sale may be subject to laws and regulations for professional breeders. Check your city's local ordinances to find out if your area imposes additional regulations.
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.
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.