City Animal Services Ordinances

The Colony's Animal Services Ordinance can be viewed in PDF format by clicking here.

This Week's Highlighted Ordinances:

New Texas State Tethering Law:


As a courtesy to our residents, The Colony Animal Services would like to inform you of a new state law that goes into effect 9/1/07. 

This law is titled “Unlawful Restraint of Dog” and can be found in Chapter 821 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subchapter D, Sec. 821.077

A dog may NOT be tied outside under any of the following conditions:

    • Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM;
    • Within 500 feet of a school;
    • When the temperature is below 32 degrees;
    • When a heat advisory has been issued;
    • With a choke or pinch/prong type collar;
    • With an improperly fitting nylon collar;

For more information, or to have an Animal Services Officer perform a complimentary fitting of your pet’s collar, please call 972-370-9250


Leash Law with Length Stipulation:

Sec. 516. Animals running at large
It shall be unlawful for any person owning, possessing or keeping an animal within the city to allow such animal to run at large.

Evidence that an animal has escaped from a fence, enclosure or leash on two or more occasions, shall be sufficient proof that such fence, enclosure or leash is inadequate for the purposes of confining such animal and necessary changes may be ordered by the animal control division by written notice. Such notice shall state the requested changes and an adequate time period for completing the changes. Failure to complete the changes within the stated time shall constitute an offense under this chapter and a separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each day during or on which a violation occurs.


Animal tethered shall mean restrained by a leash, tether, or chain 6 feet or longer and of sufficient strength to hold the animal and prevent the trespass of any part of its body onto public or private property, walkways, or easements.

If you have any questions about any of the ordinances, feel free to contact us

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