city and state laws

The state of Texas has a set of laws called the Texas Animal Cruelty Laws that prohibits the cruel treatment of animals, defined as:

  • Torturing an animal

  • Failing to provide food, care or shelter

  • Abandoning an animal

  • Transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner

  • Killing, seriously injuring or poisoning an animal

  • Causing an animal to fight with another

  • Using a live animal as a lure in a dog race

  • Tripping a horse

  • Injuring an animal belonging to another person

  • Seriously overworking an animal

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In the city of Nacogdoches:

  • Pets must be vaccinated for rabies at 4 months.

  • Pets must be on a leash in all public places.

  • Pets must have valid city identification tags

  • Pets under 4 months cannot enter the dog park.

  • Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by pets.

  • And remember to scoop their poop!

For more information and a full list of the pet laws in our county check out Nacogdoches, Texas – Code of Ordinances

The city dog park is available for all citizens of Nacogdoches and it is a great place to let your dog out to run and play.

CLICK HERE for more information about the city dog park and the rules that are enforced in the park. Included are leash laws and vaccination laws.