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