Killeen, TX asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Texas

Q: Where can I find the laws regarding emancipation of a dog.

I grew up in the backwoods up north, and wile growing up I’d seen people put down their own dogs at old age or for aggression. We have a dog that has bit me once in the past and has gotten more aggressive since then. He’s been a close pet for a long time, and I’d rather put him down myself if it becomes necessary. I just want to know what the limitations are for something like this. It’s a personal thing to me, I’d rather it be by someone’s hand that he knows than some stranger. But I also don’t want to be in any legal trouble for doing so either.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: The question text says "emancipation" but it seems like you are asking about "euthanization." If you are considering killing your pet please consult the law for CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS which you can read at this URL:


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