Feral cats & Texas law

Texas cruelty statute covers feral cats:


TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 42.092 (2012).Cruelty to Nonlivestock Animals.


(a)In this section:

(1)“Abandon” includes abandoning an animal in the person’s custody without making reasonable arrangements for assumption of custody by another person.

(2)“Animal” means a domesticated living creature, including any stray or feral cat or dog, and a wild living creature previously captured.The term does not include an uncaptured wild living creature or a livestock animal.

(3)“Cruel manner” includes a manner that causes or permits unjustified or unwarranted pain or suffering.

(4)“Custody” includes responsibility for the health, safety, and welfare of an animal subject to the person’s care and control, regardless of ownership of the animal.

(5)“Depredation” has the meaning assigned by Section 71.001, Parks and Wildlife Code.

(6)“Livestock animal” has the meaning assigned by Section 42.09.

(7)“Necessary food, water, care, or shelter” includes food, water, care, or shelter provided to the extent required to maintain the animal in a state of good health.

(8)“Torture” includes any act that causes unjustifiable pain or suffering.


2.Relocating colonies:http://www.alleycat.org/relocation


3.Using social media: http://www.animalsheltering.org/resources/rescue/building_solid_relationships/using_social_media.html


4I recently had a case where the public wanted to save dogs from a desert hoarder – they created a website that really did the trick. They included photos, videos, and the contact numbers for the people responsible for not seizing the animals.   Here’s the page: https://www.facebook.com/HelpStopDesertDogDeathCamp   This could be done in your case but someone has to take the lead and find and photo the cats and find out the protocol that is being used and whether they are trapping or removing or euthanizing.

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