City of Victoria Municipal Code Requires Responsible Pet Ownership
From the City of Victoria Municipal Code:
ARTICLE IV. - CARE AND CONTROL OF ANIMALS
Sec. 4-40. – Offenses.
a) It shall be unlawful for an owner of an animal to fail to exercise control over such animal to prevent it from threatening, chasing or attacking passing persons, vehicles or other animals.
(b) It shall be unlawful for an owner of a dog to fail to keep such animal under restraint. This subsection shall not apply to law enforcement canines when performing law enforcement activities under the direction of a trained handler.
(c) It shall be unlawful for an owner of an animal to fail to exercise control over such animal to prevent it from damaging private or public property.
(d) It shall be unlawful for an owner of an animal to fail to exercise control over such animal to prevent it from barking, whining or howling in such a manner, with such intensity, or with such continued duration, so as to annoy, distress or disturb the quiet comfort or repose of persons of normal nervous sensibilities within the vicinity of hearing thereof.
(e) It shall be unlawful for an owner of a dog or cat in heat to fail to confine such animal in a building that prevents any contact between such animal and any other animal, except for planned breeding.
(Ord. No. 92-12, § 1, 4-21-92)
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Animal Control – Complaints
Victoria Animal Control 361-578-3564
Victoria Animal Control, a division of the Victoria County Public Health Department, responds to animal complaints. Complaints may include loose dogs, dogs barking excessively, aggressive dogs, animals trapped in live traps and animal bites.
In accordance with state law all animal bites must be reported to Animal Control. Animal Control Officers are available Monday - Thursday 8 am - 5 pm and Friday 8 am - 3 pm. After hours, on weekends, and holidays reports should be directed to the Victoria Police Department at 573-3221 for complaints within the City. For reports outside of the City, the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office should be contacted at 574-8040.
More information is available from the Victoria County Public Health Department website at https://www.vcphd.org/index.php/divisions/animal-control/animal-complaints/