Sec. 2.801 General Standards (living conditions)
(b) No person shall fail to provide his animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and treatment
Sec. 2.804 Restraint of Dogs
(a) A person shall not leave a dog outside and unattended using a restraint, other than a fence in good repair; Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am or In the case of extreme weather conditions, including conditions in which:
(b) It is unlawful for a person to leave a dog outside and unattended at any time using a restraint that unreasonably limits the dog's movement. A restraint unreasonably limits a dog's movement if the restraint:
(c) It is unlawful for a person to keep or harbor a dog within a fenced enclosure in which the fence is in a state of disrepair.
Sec. 2.805 Shelter for Animals Kept Outside
A person who owns or harbors an animal that is kept outside of any structure occupied by humans must provide the animal with shelter consisting of:
Sec. 2.901 Running at Large Prohibited (Leash Law)
It is unlawful for any owner to cause, permit, suffer, or allow any dog, cat, or other animal possessed, kept, or harbored by him to run at large.
Sec. 2.301 Vaccination Required
Sec. 42.092. Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals
(a) In this section:
(b) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
For cruelty convictions involving depriving an animal of food or water, abandoning an animal, transporting an animal in a cruel manner, injuring someone else's animal, and overworking an animal, the defendant can be punished under House Bill 653 and Senate Bill 1724, commonly known as "Loco's Law", making animal cruelty a felony and punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail.
If you fear for an animal's safety or well being, your first step is to call the Forney non-emergency line at 972-564-7600
When reporting you should give adequate information about the exact nature of the complaint. Provide the appropriate authorities with the following:
The SPCA Rescue & Investigations team focuses on 8 counties to better respond to animals in need: Dallas, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rains and Van Zandt.