Texas Health and Safety Code - HEALTH & SAFETY § 822.111. Powers and Duties of Executive Commissioner;  Caging Requirements and Standards




(a) The executive commissioner by rule shall establish caging requirements and standards for the keeping and confinement of a dangerous wild animal to ensure that the animal is kept in a manner and confined in a primary enclosure that:

(1) protects and enhances the public's health and safety;

(2) prevents escape by the animal;  and

(3) provides a safe, healthy, and humane environment for the animal.

(b) An owner of a dangerous wild animal shall keep and confine the animal in accordance with the caging requirements and standards established by the executive commissioner.

(c) An animal registration agency may approve a deviation from the caging requirements and standards established by the executive commissioner, only if:

(1) the animal registration agency has good cause for the deviation;  and

(2) the deviation:

(A) does not compromise the public's health and safety;

(B) does not reduce the total area of the primary enclosure below that established by the executive commissioner;  and

(C) does not otherwise adversely affect the overall welfare of the animal involved.





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