The Animal Control Division is responsible for the investigation of:
- Animal Bite Reports
- Animal Cruelty Cases
- Loose Livestock
- Rabies Exposure
The Animal Control Officers are also responsible for the animal control ordinances for the county, which were passed October 13, 1997. The ordinances apply to all unincorporated areas of the county (outside a municipality.)
Animal Control Fees
- Exotic or Wild Animals
- No wild or exotic animals allowed in Wise County.
- Hauling/per head: $50
- Release fee/per head: $25
- Roundup, Loading and Care of Livestock Assessed by Contractor
- Impound/per head (Large: horse, cow and bull): $75
- Impound/per head (Small: goats, sheep, hog and flightless bird): $50
- Livestock feed/per day/per animal: $5
It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to impound all dogs, cats, or other animals suspected of being infected with rabies and all animals exposed to, or suspected of being exposed to an animal infected by rabies; animals that have bitten a person; and animals which are strays, at large, or unrestrained.
License Tagged Animals
Animals impounded that have license tags or identification will be held 10 days; animals bearing no tags or identification will be held 3 days. Any animal impounded may be redeemed by the owner within three days upon payment of an impoundment fee.
A person commits an offense if he interferes with, hinders, or molests an Animal Control Officer in the performance of their duty.
No owner shall fail to exercise proper care an control of his animals in order to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance (nuisance shall describe and animal it:
- Causes a disturbance by excessive barking or other noise making
- Causes unsanitary, dangerous, of offensive conditions
- Chases vehicles
- Damages, soils, defiles, or defecates on private property other than the owner's or on public walks and recreation areas unless such waste is immediately removed and properly disposed of by the owner
- Molest, attacks, or interferes with persons or other domestic animals
A person commits an offense if he/she permits his/her animal to cause a nuisance. An offense under this section is Class
Any person who keeps, harbors, feeds, shelters, or otherwise allows any dogs or cats to remain on his property or permits egress and/or ingress for seven or more days without notifying the Animal Control Authority shall be deemed the owner of said animal.
When a dog or cat has bitten a human, the animal shall be required to be placed in quarantine for ten days. The ten days observation period will begin on the day of the bite incident. The animal must be examined by a licensed veterinarian, or the Animal Control Authority. No wild animals will be placed in quarantine.
All animals shall be kept under restraint (secured by a leash or lead, or confined within the real property limits of its owner). A person commits on offense if he fails or refuses to restrain any animal of which he is the owner. An offense under this section is a Class
No person shall own, keep, or harbor any dog or cat over four months of age in Wise County unless such dog or cat's owner has current and valid proof of Rabies Vaccination. Each dog or cat must be vaccinated at four months of age and a booster one year after the four month vaccination.
Cats & Dogs
All cats and dogs must be vaccinated according to the Texas Board of Health Rules. If the veterinarian uses a one year vaccine, then the animal must be vaccinated on a yearly basis. It the veterinarian uses a three year vaccine, then the animal must be vaccinated every three years.
It is the sole responsibility of the owner to keep vaccination receipts to prove which vaccine is used. If no proof is available, it will be the determination of Wise County Commissioners Court and the resolution then the one year rule will apply.
A person commits an offense if he owns, possesses, or harbors a wild animal within Wise County without state permits. Wild animals include the following (but are not limited to):
- All Sub-Human primates
- Bears (Urisade)
- Elephant Rhinoceros
- Lesser Panda
- Mountain Lion
- Non-Venomous Snakes Grater Than 5 Feet When Extended
- Par-Wolf Dogs
- Part-Coyote Dogs
- Part-Fox Dogs
- Venomous Fish and Piranha
- Venomous Snakes or Lizards
- Mink Mongoose
- Wolf Ape
There is a separate offense for each wild animal involved. An offense is a Class
C misdemeanor and punishable by a fine of not less than $200 or more than $2,000.