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ANIMAL CONTROL
WALLER COUNTY TEXAS

Waller County Rabies and Micro-Chipping

February - Rolling Hills

March - Waller County Road and Bridge

April - Tri County Volunteer Fire Department

May - Monaville Volunteer Fire Department

June - Patterson Volunteer Fire Department

For more information of dates and times contact Animal Control Officer Don Jones 979-826-8282 ext. 4046

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Animal Control Officer

Stray/Lost Animals

Dangerous Dog

Animal Registration

Rabies Info

Texas Animal Laws

Contact Us



Welcome to the Waller County Animal Control Website

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding Animal Control issues.

Latest News: Waller County Animal Control Ordinances were approved on April 14, 2009.

Read about it: Waller County News Citizen Article

Read Ordinances:Waller County Ordinances (complete copy)



Animal Control Officer (ACO)

Waller County's Animal Control Officer is ACO Don Jones.

His experience includes more than 10 years of handling animals. He also has State Licensure including Animal Cruelty Investigation and he is also the Local Rabies Control Authority for Waller County.


Stray/Lost Animals Section

We currently are housing the following Stray/Lost Animals in the Waller County Pound:

Current Animal Roster

NOTE: We can only house animals for 5 days before the animal must be picked up, adopted, or humanely euthanized.

Donations:

If you would like to make a donation to the Waller County Animal Control Program please contact ACO Don Jones. All donations are greatly appreciated. It is very costly to house, feed, and care for these animals.

Full Ordinance:
Waller County Dog/Cat Restraint Ordinance
(Approved April 14, 2009)

Help With Animal Care Costs By Making A Donation Today!!


Dangerous Dog Info

Dangerous Dogs pose a significant problem for everyone. Though some dogs seem friendly, some dogs have been bred to attack or protect. These dogs can be dangerous if not handled appropriately. Owners of these types of dogs take on great liability by having these types of dogs. The two most common breeds of Dangerous Dog in Waller County are Pit Bulls and Rottweilers.

A Dangerous Dog is a dog that:

(1) 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 it's own; OR
(2) 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.

In Summary:
A Dangerous Dog is a dog not in a secure enclosure (kennel, secure fenced area, etc) that makes an unprovoked attack OR makes unprovoked acts that lead a person to reasonably believe the dog will attack and cause injury.

Full Ordinance:
Waller County Dangerous Dog Ordinance
(Approved April 14, 2009)


Animal Registration Info

Animals in the County are not currently required to be registered with the County. However, all cats and dogs over the age of 4 months are required to be vaccinated against rabies.


Rabies Information

Rabies is a very dangerous problem for both animals and humans. Animal Control investigates and handles all rabies exposures.


Texas State Rabies Vaccination Information:

An official rabies vaccination certificate shall be issued for each animal by the veterinarian responsible for
administration of the vaccine and contain the following information:

(1) Custodian (owner's) name, address, and telephone number;
(2) animal identification- species, sex (including neutered if applicable), approximate age, size (pounds),
      predominant breed, and colors;
(3) vaccine used- product name, manufacturer, and serial number;
(4) date vaccinated;
(5) revaccination due date;
(6) rabies tag number if a tag is issued;
(7) veterinarian's signature, signature stamp, or computerized signature, plus address and license number.

Source: Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 169, Subchapter A, RULE 169.29


Rabies Quarantine Information

When a dog, cat, or domestic ferret which has bitten a human has been identified, the custodian will place the animal in quarantine as defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Rule 826.002, until the end of the 10-day observation period. The animal must also be quarantined if there is probable cause to believe that it has otherwise exposed a human to rabies. The observation period will begin at the time of the exposure. The animal must be placed in a department-licensed quarantine facility specified by the local rabies control authority, or in a veterinary clinic, and observed at least twice daily.

As an alternative, the local rabies control authority may opt to allow home confinement. This decision will be made by the ACO based on all information gathered.

The following criteria must be met for home quarantine:
(1) A secure enclosure approved by the local rabies control authority must be used to prevent escape.
(2) The animal has been vaccinated against rabies and the time elapsed since the most recent vaccination has not exceeded the manufacturer recommendations for the vaccine. If an unvaccinated animal is not over 16 weeks of age at the time of the potential exposure, it may be allowed home confinement.
(3) The local rabies control authority or a veterinarian must observe the animal at least on the first and last days of the home confinement.
(4) The animal was not a stray as defined in the Texas Health and Safety Code, Rule 826.002, at the time of the potential exposure.


Source: Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 169, Subchapter A, RULE 169.27

Full Ordinance:
Waller County Rabies Control Ordinance
(Approved April 14, 2009)


Texas Animal Laws

Texas State Laws are available online. Here are a few of the main laws. It is not all inclusive, nor updated automatically.
Please verify laws online or by calling the Animal Control Officer.

It is a crime to abandon (dump) your dogs and cats in the ditches or roadside. This is a State law under section 49.092 of the Texas laws regarding animal cruelty.

The penalty for this offense is a Class A misdemeanor, except that the offense is a state jail felony if the person has previously been convicted two times under this section.

Please contact Animal Control Officer Don Jones for suggestions of alternative methods for re-homing your unwanted pets before you get caught dumping these pets on the roadside.

Texas State Animal Laws- Misc

Texas State Animal Laws- Cruelty to Livestock

Texas State Animal Laws- Cruelty to Non-Livestock

Texas State Animal Laws- Dog Fighting


Contact Waller County Animal Control

If you need to contact the Waller County Animal Control Officer, here is the contact information:


Email Animal Control


Waller County Sheriff's Department
Attn: Animal Control- Don Jones
701 Calvit St, Hempstead Texas 77445
Phone: (979) 826-8282 extension 4046
Fax: (979) 826-7781


Links for Additional Animal Resources

Houston SPCA

Texas Dept. of State Health Services- Zoonosis Division