Texas Dog Leash Laws

Leash laws were enacted years ago to prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases and dog bite attacks. While there is no statewide law in Texas requiring that dogs be on a leash at all times, Houston and many other cities in the state have enacted local laws requiring just that. This is especially important when dealing with dangerous dogs, or areas such as playgrounds where children are likely to be present. While the fear of the spread of diseases may have diminished, the occurance of dog bites has not. As a result, counties across Texas have maintained leash laws.

What Are Houston's Leash Laws?

Houston's Municipal Code is clear when it comes to dogs and leashes: Dogs are not allowed to be "at large" outside the direct physical control of their owners (i.e., unleashed). The only exceptions to this are when dogs are fenced in without access to public streets and sidewalks, or when they are in an authorized no-leash zone such as a dog park.

If a dog is unleashed in an area where it is required and the dog injures someone, the dog may be subject to being impounded, and the owner may be liable for any injuries caused by an attack.

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If you or a loved one has been attacked by an unleashed dog, speak with our experienced Texas lawyers to learn your options. Contact our offices in Houston or Katy by sending an email, or call 281-407-6611, toll free 800-346-0139. Your initial consultation is free, and you will pay no legal fees unless you receive monetary compensation in your case.

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