San Antonio, TX asked in Divorce and Animal / Dog Law for Texas

Q: Is it legal for a person to house 12 to 18 cats in a 1000 sq ft apartment dwelling. They eat 3 to 5 cups daily.

The house is very unhealthy. I divorced my wife because of this now I'm homeless. Section 8 is allowing a single woman to live in a house with 12 to 15 cats. The ammonia smells so strong it burns your eyes and nose. It's not healthy for her it hasn't been healthy for me in about 12 years. The cats have to be suffering somewhat they urinate everywhere there feces is unbelievably strong smelling odor on top of ammonia. There is cat fur everywhere.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: As her husband, you unquestionably had a greater say about this situation than any Section 8 agency.

You might be able to make some headway reporting her for animal cruelty if the health of the cats are endangered. As for her own health, that is really something for her to decide for herself if she is physically and mentally competent. You might consider reporting the situation to APS, but if she’s competent, they likely won’t interfere with her poor judgment as long as it affects only herself.

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