The mission of Animal Control is to provide a safe, humane shelter for unwanted, stray and abused animals in accordance with state regulations. The Department is responsible for assuring the timely and effective enforcement of the County’s ordinances and State laws. The Department strives to protect the public’s health and safety from vicious, sick or injured animals, to educate the public about responsible animal care and ownership, and to reduce the number of unwanted animals.
Animal Control Information & Notice
Notice of Livestock Impoundment 10.7.18
A person who owns or has responsibility for the control of a horse, mule, donkey, cow, bull, hog, sheep or goat, may not knowingly permit the animal to traverse or roam at large, unattended, on the right-of-way of a highway. Discovery of an Estray and duty to report to the Chief of Police: It is also important to know that if a citizen discovers livestock on his or her property without their permission they must report the presence of the estray to the Sheriff as soon as reasonably possible. It is then the Chief of Police’s responsibility to attempt to identify the owner of the animal and notify them for recovery except that if it is determined that the Estray is dangerous to the public, then the Estray may be immediately impounded. You can learn more about the Estray Laws by visiting: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/AG/htm/AG.142.htm