My question involves animal law for the State of: TX
All I've found regarding the disposition of animals in Texas is this:
Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapter 821 (Treatment & Disposition of Animals), Subchapter C. Requires all animals in animal shelters be euthanized in a humane manner with only one of two methods by a licensed veterinarian or certified technician: administrating sodium pentobarbital or commercially compressed carbon monoxide. In Subchapter C, “animal shelter” is defined as a facility that collects, impounds or keeps stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted animals. Thus, Subchapter C applies to rescue groups, humane societies, public animal shelters, and confinement areas used by law enforcement officers for abandoned or unwanted animals in the interest of public safety and health. A violation of any provision of Subchapter C is punishable as a Class B misdemeanor which carries a penalty of up to 180 days in jail or a fine of up to $2,000 or both. In other words, communities can not shoot, poison, drown or dump their “strays”.
...but feral cats are not strays, and my understanding is that in Texas as they are unowned they are thus treated like wildlife and not protected by similar anti-cruelty laws as pets or livestock.
Is putting poison in food to kill feral cats a legal method of animal control in Texas? Or is it County/City dependent? If so, is it legal in Cass County, TX?
If anyone can provide this information and/or links to the appropriate statutes, I thank you in advance.