Animal Ordinances

Following are commonly referenced city ordinances related to pet ownership. To view more city ordinances related to animals, please see the Online Code of Ordinances Chapter 14 - Animals, Chapter 34 - Environment and Chapter 118 - Zoning.

Barking/Nuisance Noise

Animals may not be allowed to disturb people by loud, continued or frequent barking, howling or yelping anytime day or night. Barking complaints will be addressed during business hours only. After receiving a complaint on a specific address, an Animal Services Officer will go out and address the complaint. If multiple complaints are received, the citizens will be asked to fill out a statement attesting to what they are experiencing as well as to provide audio and/or video proof of the excessive barking. An Animal Services Officer will file the complaint with the Municipal Court and the prosecutor will review the evidence presented.

Leash Law

The city requires that dogs be kept indoors, in a fenced yard, or on a leash at all times and that all cats be kept indoors. Pet owners shall not allow an animal to run at large. The city does allow dogs to exercise and run off leash at Tipps Canine Hallow Dog Park.

Pet Limit

The city has a pet limit of 3 dogs in an all dog household, 4 cats in an all cat household or a combination of 3 dogs/2 cats or 3 cats/2 dogs.

Pet License


All pets must be licensed with the NRH Animal Adoption & Rescue Center. Pet owners must submit proof of current rabies vaccination with their pet registration form. Registrations are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and must be renewed annually.

Pooper Scooper Law

Animal owners shall be responsible for the removal of all pet waste deposited by his/her animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property. 

Rabies Vaccinations

Texas State Law and city ordinance requires the owner of a dog or cat to have their animals vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian by the age of 4 months and to receive boosters annually or every three years, depending on the booster given. If your pet is ever involved in a bite and its rabies vaccination is not current, it will have to be quarantined at the animal shelter or a veterinary clinic.

Tying a Pet Outside

For your pet’s safety and the safety of the community, we do not permit pets to be tied up outside to a stationary object or to a runner.

Lilian's Law 

Lillian's Law is a state law that punishes dog owners who fail to reasonably secure their dogs, resulting in an unprovoked attack on a person and causing serious injury or death. The dog owner can be charged with a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison. The charge becomes a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison when the injury results in death. The law was named for Lillian Stiles, an East Texas woman killed in her front yard by a pack of dogs.

Keeping of Livestock Animals

Livestock animals to include horses, goats, chickens, turkeys, etc, are restricted to properties zoned either Agriculture or R-1-S and must be at least one acre in lot size.