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8403 Shoal Creek Blvd, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78757


Animal Welfare


The Leash ordinance requires pet owners to keep their dogs under restraint except in designated leash-free areas. Additionally, dogs may not be tethered or chained to any object except for brief periods while the owner is present such as for grooming, training, or veterinary treatment.


Dogs who primarily live in an outdoor enclosure must have 150 square feet of space per adult dog, and the enclosure must be located at least 50 feet from an adjacent business or residence. Cats and dogs must also be vaccinated against rabies and registered with Health and Human Services Department, Animal Service Division.


The reference for the Leash Law and the other ordinances relating to dogs and cats is Chapter 3-4 of the City Code.



(A)     Except as provided in Section 3-4-4 (Public Areas Where Restraint of a Dog is Not Required), an owner or handler of a dog shall keep the dog under restraint.

(B)     A person holding a dog on a leash or lead shall keep the dog under control at all times.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-2(A) and (B); Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.


(A)     Except as provided in Subsection (B), a person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether unless the person is holding the chain or tether.

(B)     The prohibition of Subsection (A) does not apply to a temporary restraint:

(1)     during a lawful animal event, veterinary treatment, grooming, training, or law enforcement activity; or

(2)     that is required to protect the safety or welfare of a person or the dog, if the dog’s owner or handler remains with the dog throughout the period of restraint.

(C)     A person restraining a dog with a chain or tether shall attach the chain or tether to a properly fitting collar or harness worn by the dog.  A person may not wrap a chain or tether directly around a dog’s neck.  A person may not restrain a dog with a chain or tether that weighs more than 1/18 of the dog’s body weight.  A chain or tether used to restrain a dog must, by design and placement, be unlikely to become entangled.

(D)     A person may not restrain a dog in a manner that does not allow the dog to have access to necessary shelter and water.

(E)     A person may not restrain a dog in a manner that allows the dog to move outside the person’s property.

(F)     A person may not keep six or more dogs, other than puppies less than six months old, unless the dogs are kept in an enclosure that meets the requirements prescribed by Section 3-2-13 (Enclosure for Dogs).

Source: 1992 Code Sections 3-1-2 and 3-3-8; Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11; Ord. 20070607-011.


A city employee may enter property to impound an unrestrained dog.  Except as authorized by subpoena or court order, a city employee may not enter a private residence to impound a dog without first obtaining permission from an adult resident.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-2(C); Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.


An owner or handler may allow a dog to be without restraint as otherwise required by this title in the following places:

(1)     Auditorium Shores from South First Street west to Bouldin Creek;

(2)     the portion of Zilker Park bounded by Stratford Drive, Barton Springs Road, and Park River Road;

(3)     the right-of-way of Far West Boulevard between Great Northern Boulevard and Shoal Creek Boulevard;

(4)     the portion of Robert Mueller Municipal Airport land bounded by Old Manor Road, Manor Road, the airport fence, and Lovell Drive;

(5)     Red Bud Isle east of Red Bud Trail;

(6)     the portion of Onion Creek District Park south of Chunn Road;

(7)     the portion of Northeast District Park bounded by Lake Long Road, Crystal Brook Drive, and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad right-of-way;

(8)     the portion of Walnut Creek District Park bounded by Cedar Bend Drive, Walnut Creek, and the park fence on the west and east sides;

(9)     the portion of Lake Austin Metropolitan Park bounded by Park Drive, the park fence on west side, Turkey Creek, and top ridge of bluff line that overlooks Lake Austin;

(10)     Shoal Creek Hike and Bike Trail from 24th Street to 29th Street; and

(11)     in an area designated by the Director of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-3; Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.

  • 3-4-5  DOG OR CAT IN HEAT.

(A)     An owner or handler may not allow a dog that is in heat to be on the street or in a public place, unless the person is in direct physical control of the dog.

(B)     An owner or handler may not allow a cat that is in heat to be outside of a secure building or enclosure unless the owner or handler is in direct physical control of the cat.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-4; Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.


An owner or handler shall promptly remove and sanitarily dispose of feces left on public or private property by a dog or cat being handled by the person, other than property owned by the owner or handler of the dog or cat.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-7; Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.

  • 3-4-7  VICIOUS DOG.

(A)     An owner or handler shall take reasonable measures to protect the public from accidental contact with a dog that, by nature or by training, is dangerous to people or other animals.

(B)     An owner or handler may not keep or permit a dog to be in the city if the dog has:

(1)     on at least three separate occasions bitten or scratched a person in the city;

(2)     on at least one occasion bitten or scratched a person to an extent that the attending physician has presented an affidavit to the health authority stating that the person’s life may have been endangered by the dog; or

(3)     on at least one occasion:

(a)     killed another dog, cat, or other domestic pet, fowl, or livestock; or

(b)     seriously injured another animal to an extent that an attending veterinarian has presented an affidavit to the health authority stating that the injured animal’s life was seriously endangered or taken by the dog, or that the dog caused a significant permanent impairment of the injured animal’s basic bodily functions or mobility; provided, however, that when the incident occurred, the injured animal was not in violation of a provision of this title  relating to the confinement or physical control of animals in the City.

Source: 1992 Code Section 3-3-1, and 3-3-5; Ord. 031009-9; Ord. 031211-11.



December 29th, 2014

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