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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: 

  • The outdoor temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • A heat advisory has been issued by a local or state authority   
  • A tornado warning has been issued 

(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: 

  • Uses a pinch-type, prong-type, or choke-type collar, or a collar that is not properly fitted to the dog
  • Is of a length shorter than the greater of: Five times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip of the dog's nose to the base of the dog's tail; or10 feet
  • Is in unsafe condition; or Causes or is capable of causing, by manner of its use, injury to the dog

(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:

  • Three sides, a roof, and a floor, with the opening facing away from the North. 
  • The shelter must be of sufficient size to accommodate all animals using it and allow animals to stand upright and turn inside it.

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

  • Every owner of a dog or cat three months of age or older shall have such animal vaccinated. 
  • All dogs and cats vaccinated at three months of age or older shall be revaccinated at one year of age and thereafter either annually either one-year rabies vaccine or every three years with three-year rabies vaccine.

Sec. 42.092. Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals

(a) In this section: 

  1. Abandon includes abandoning an animal in the person's custody without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person. 
  2. Animal means a domesticated living creature, including any stray or feral cat or dog, and a wild living creature previously captured. The term does not include an uncaptured wild living creature or a livestock animal. 
  3. Cruel manner includes a manner that causes or permits unjustified or unwarranted pain or suffering. 
  4. Custody includes responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of an animal subject to the person's care and control, regardless of ownership of the animal. 
  5. Depredation has the meaning assigned by Section 71.001, Parks and Wildlife Code. 
  6. Livestock animal has the meaning assigned by Section 42.09. 
  7. Necessary food, water, care, or shelter includes food, water, care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a state of good health.
  8. Torture includes any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering.

(b) A person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:

  1. tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal; 
  2. without the owner's effective consent, kills, administers poison to, or causes serious bodily injury to an animal; 
  3. fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care, or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;
  4. abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody;
  5. transports or confines an animal in a cruel manner;
  6. without the owner's effective consent, causes bodily injury to an animal;
  7. causes one animal to fight with another animal, if either animal is not a dog;
  8. uses a live animal as a lure in dog race training or in dog coursing on a racetrack; or
  9. seriously overworks an animal. 

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:

  • Exact address of the cruelty situation, or at the very least two intersecting streets with a North, South, East, or West direction for the location at the intersection.
  • If an apartment complex, include the apartment number and gate code or a contact number.
  • Name of the owner if known.
  • Number of animals present
  • Description of breed, size and gender as possible
  • Your name and contact phone - cell phone, home or office phone etc.

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.


Phone: 1-888-ANIMALS

Phone: 214-461-1850

Fax: 214-461-1801