Texas Animal / Dog Law Questions & Answers

Q: A rescue has my dog & refuses to return him. I've provided all proof of ownership & they still refuse to return him.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Feb 6, 2019
Grant St Julian III's answer
You may file a civil suit, request a restraining order which prohibits sale of the dog and its return. Contact a an attorney in your area. Good luck.

Q: i live with my parents and are wanting to give my dogs away, i pay rent and provide for my dogs.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
It sound like your best option is to find another place to live where you can enjoy the company of your dogs. Remember that it is your parents' home and it should be respected as anyone else's, i.e. do not let the dogs cause damage, etc.

Q: Can you go to jail for not paying a vet bill?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Nov 5, 2018
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
No, but it can hurt your credit and they may seek to get a Court Judgment against you.

Q: Can I put up a taller fence in my yard for privacy?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Aug 6, 2018
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
You will need to check with your HOA and your City Development Department for the codes on fences.

Q: Can a vet keep my dog legally bc I can't pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Jun 13, 2018
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
Check the Texas property statute for more specific information; however, generally speaking, vets do obtain an automatic lien on any services performed. You may be able to work out a payment plan with them.

Q: can a towing company house your dogs while your in jail and charge you almost $1000.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on May 8, 2018
Grant St Julian III's answer
The shout answer is yes, the towing company can charge the fees, even though you are in jail.

Q: My dog was hit and kill in front of me the lady took off what laws are there for her to get ticket and me compinsated

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets, Agricultural Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
Grant St Julian III's answer
You will have to contact an attorney in Colorado. The laws of that state will govern this matter, since that is where the incident occurred.

Q: Can I sue the city police dont want to come by and open gate to release my dog from the pound after we paid?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Answered on Mar 26, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You could but the pound is usally operated by the municipality, not by the police. As your city councilman or mayor about this.

Q: The next door neighbor has thrown a brick across the fence to hit my dog is there anything I can do

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Mar 21, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Yes, but it will take maybe more work than it's worth. Some type of mediation would be best.

Q: are there any current laws in Texas regarding cold weather and pets?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 16, 2018
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
You might try researching Texas Penal Code 42.092. CRUELTY TO NONLIVESTOCK ANIMALS.

Q: My neighbor has used a hammer to push out my picket on my privacy fence my dog got out there is it my fault?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Civil Rights and Wrongful Death for Texas on
Answered on Jan 12, 2018
Peter N. Munsing's answer
You can make a claim but will spend more than you get. You need to press charges with the police.

Q: If some one comes to ur house and steals ur dog and it’s caught on camara , can that be a penalty

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 6, 2018
Joseph Hoelscher's answer
Under Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code, that person could get a jail sentence if the dog was worth more than $100. If the person had been previously warned against trespassing the property, then he might also be looking at a criminal trespass charge, which also carries a sentence up to six months in jail. If the dog was injured, an animal cruelty charge is possible. However, unless the puppy was hurt or the person has extensive criminal history, probation is more likely.

Q: If some one comes to ur house and steals ur dog (English Bulldog puppy) can they get jail time? What kind of penalty

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 6, 2018
Joseph Hoelscher's answer
Under Section 31.03 of the Texas Penal Code, that person could get a jail sentence if the dog was worth more than $100. If the person had been previously warned against trespassing the property, then he might also be looking at a criminal trespass charge, which also carries a sentence up to six months in jail. If the dog was injured, an animal cruelty charge is possible. However, unless the puppy was hurt or the person has extensive criminal history, probation is more likely.

Q: If a 13 year old is volunteering ar a pound and he gets bit, can he come back at the age of 18 and Sue the City

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 12, 2017
Bradford Kvinta's answer
The statute of limitations for minors wishing to pursue a cause of action generally begins at age 18. However, a claim could be brought sooner through a parent or guardian. You should first, however, speak to an attorney to determine if you have an actionable claim.

Q: Can we be sued for a dog bite, when the dog isn’t really ours?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Oct 10, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
If it wasn't on your property and you did not keep it on your property you are not responsible. Don't feed strays. Feed your dog on your property.Keep other dogs out.

However tell your homeowners and be guided by what they say.

Sorry, but St. Francis has not gotten to the law books yet.

Q: Pit bull attacked brother & bit half off his ear off while his owner was also attacking my brother. Worth suing?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Oct 10, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Assn--they give free consults.

Q: How does a hit and run in texas work if it was on private property and a dog was killed

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Car Accidents for Texas on
Answered on Sep 1, 2017
Peter N. Munsing's answer
Technically, dogs are viewed as property in most states. But the value is the value of the dog commercially the day of the death--it's pretty cold. So if your state has a dollar amount that would be something to look at too. If you want them cited then call the local cops and see if they take it. Some take private property issues, some just say they'll make a report but no citation. You can file a claim in small claims as well.

Q: Hi, is it necessary to pay fees and fill out paperwork for finding your stolen dog at a shelter? Any advise will help.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Answered on Jul 24, 2017
Tammy Lyn Wincott's answer
Did your friend make a police report on the stolen dog? Perhaps, a valid police report will help him recover his dog or maybe the police can help; otherwise, yes they generally can require their procedures be adhered to.

Q: Bit by a pit bull. Dog came from yard into street as I was jogging by. Owner witnessed. Would h/o insurance cover loss?

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Answered on Jul 21, 2017
David Alan Wolf's answer
You asked an excellent question. With respect to dog bites, homeowner's insurance policies are hits and misses as to coverage. Many homeowner's insurance policies exclude personal injuries caused by a dog bite or dog attack. You should consult with a local attorney who most likely would be willing to send a letter out at no charge. Case would be handled on a contingency basis - no recovery - no attorney fees.

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