The City of Austin prohibits the buying and selling of dogs for their natural life cycle. The City prohibits dogs from being kept outside their crates, and all crates will be posted with signage with information on the city’s pet laws and enforcement.
Why does the City of Austin require a permit prior to owning and/or caring for a dog?
The City of Austin prohibits the ownership and care of any domestic animal from being kept outside the owner’s home where the animal will face any type of extreme circumstances, including being kept in an outdoor pen, in a crate, out in the open, or in a garage or other structure of a home without adequate fencing.
I have had an animal for over a year in my home, now what?
If you have purchased an animal from an irresponsible breeder and the animal has been in such an irresponsible state that it will not come home, leave, or stay put during the day, the breeder will be required to surrender (let go of) the animal. Additionally, the animal and those responsible for its care are not allowed to keep the animal for any period of time. If the animal is left in the neighborhood, it could run into a stranger and get into the wild, or come into contact with dog bites. If you are unsure of the conditions to which a dog needs to be in to ensure proper health and well being, then it is best to contact an animal rescue or animal shelter as soon as possible to confirm the animal’s needs and to verify the breeder is providing proper care and supervision.
Will the City of Austin charge me a fee to adopt a dog by a licensed dog sitter?
No. This is not the intent of this ordinance. We want the greatest amount of dogs available, not excessive.
What can I do if my dog bites someone on their shoulder?
Most people just move on to another dog, the same can not be said for a dog that bites. Dogs that bite people can take several bites and never grow a new set of teeth. When an aggressive dog starts biting, first we need to find the problem dog. We need to find it through the police and the humane society to see if charges are possible. While many people will just move on to another dog in the case of these bites, we still need to do a thorough investigation to find out the truth to avoid any potential liability.
How can I tell if my dog is aggressive?
Generally speaking, aggressive dogs will
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