Dog Bite Ordinances for South East Texas

Dangerous Dog Codes and Leash Laws For Houston, Harris County and Surrounding Areas

Unlike most other areas of personal injury law, dog bite ordinances are not entirely the same from city to city.  There are City Municipal Codes as well as County Codes that must be considered when trying to determine what the rules and regulations are in a particular area.  Below is a collection of some of the applicable codes for Houston and surrounding areas. Generally, if there are city municipal codes, that apply, you go by them. County Codes typically kick in when the attack occurs outside the city limits in unincorporated areas within the county. Additionally, Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 822 applies to bites all over the State of Texas.

If you do not find your city above, there are several code services and law libraries that you can look at to find your City’s dog bite ordinances.  If you still need help determining what codes apply to your case, please feel free to call our dog bite attorneys for a free consultation: 713-932-0777; or check with your local animal control.


Paul Cannon

Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal,, HG Legal Resources,, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.