If you suspect a dog is dangerous and it has met the guidelines required by Texas law, an investigation may be conducted to determine if the dog is a Dangerous Dog.
"Dangerous dog" means a dog that:
(A) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own; or
(B) commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.
As required by State law, owners of registered dangerous dogs are ordered to restrain the dog at all times in an enclosure that prevents the animal from escaping or by someone who can restrain it. The Animal Control Authority will inspect the enclosure and must approve it prior to the owner being allowed to keep the dog. Owners must also purchase $100,000 of liability insurance that specifies: coverage for damages resulting from an attack by the dangerous dog causing bodily injury to a person. Registered dangerous dogs must wear large tags stating they are dangerous as well as green colors at all times. The address and description of the dangerous dog will be publicized. If these animals attack again, they could be put to sleep and the owner charged with a crime.
To file a complaint about a dog that may be dangerous, you must complete the Dangerous Dog Affidavit and bring it to Animal Care Services weekdays, during normal business hours.