The following terms, whether or not capitalized, shall be defined as follows for the purposes of these regulations:
Non-human, warm-blooded and cold-blooded living creatures.
Texas Board of Health.
Certificate of Registration:
A Certificate of Registration issued pursuant to Section 5 of these regulations.
Child Care Facility:
A facility used as a day nursery, children’s boarding home, child placement agency or other place for the care or custody of children under fifteen (15) years of age, licensed by the State of Texas pursuant to Chapter 42 of the Texas Human Resources Code.
The Commissioners Court of Harris County, Texas.
Harris County, Texas.
A person or agency, whether or not an owner, which feeds, shelters, harbors, has possession or control, or has the responsibility to control an animal. The owner of an animal shall be deemed to be a custodian of the animal.
Dangerous Wild Animal:
This term has the same meaning as “dangerous wild animal” as defined in §822.101 of the Texas Health & Safety Code, to wit: a lion, a tiger, an ocelot, a cougar, a leopard, a cheetah, a jaguar, a bobcat, a lynx, a serval, a caracal, a hyena, a bear, a coyote, a jackal, a baboon, a chimpanzee, an orangutan, a gorilla or any hybrid of an animal listed in this subdivision.
As applied to a species of animal indicates an animal that has been domesticated by man so as to live and breed in a tame condition. Domestic animals have been adapted to life in intimate association with and to the advantage of man by modifying growth and traits through provision of food, protection from enemies, and selective breeding during many generations, often to the extent that the domesticated form loses the ability to survive in nature. This term does not include an animal which has merely been raised domestically.
A cage, case, compartment, crate, pen, corral, case, aquarium, run, room, building, or other place used solely to immediately restrict an animal to a limited amount of space, for the primary housing of an animal, or for the transportation of an animal.
The apprehending, catching, trapping, netting, tranquilizing, confining or, if necessary, the destruction of any wild or dangerous animal by an animal control officer.
Any premises approved and designated by HCPH VPH for the purpose of impounding or caring for all wild or dangerous animals found in violation of these Regulations including, but not limited to, the animal shelter operated by HCPH VPH.
Local Health Authority:
The agents and officers of the Public Health Department of Harris County, specifically including its Veterinary Public Health as the duly appointed agency to enforce these regulations.
Cannot be transferred from one owner to another, from one animal to another, nor from one location to another.
Any person that owns, harbors, or has custody or control of a dangerous wild animal or a wild animal or has part interest in any such animal. It is a rebuttable presumption that the occupant of any premises on which an animal remains for a period of seven (7) days is harboring, sheltering or keeping the animal within this definition. If a minor owns an animal subject to the provisions of these rules, his or her parent, or guardian is deemed the owner of such animal.
A secondary barrier, in addition to the primary enclosure in which an animal is kept, which restricts the entrance of unauthorized persons or animals to the primary enclosure by being of sufficient strength and height, and which is capable of being securely locked so as to prevent entry; a perimeter fence shall be placed with sufficient distance from the primary enclosure to prevent inadvertent contact with the animal inside the primary enclosure from outside of the perimeter fence.
Includes an individual, corporation, organization, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, joint stock company, foundation, association of individuals, or any other legal entity.
A house, duplex, apartment, townhouse, condominium, mobile home or any other structure used as a human residence.
An animal registered with HCPH VPH pursuant to Section 6 of these regulations.
The control of a wild or dangerous animal by a secure enclosure as defined in Section 8 of these Regulations.
Primary and secondary public or private school facilities, including all attached playgrounds, dormitories, stadiums and other appurtenances which are part of the facility.
A fenced area or a structure that is in conformity with Section 9 of these regulations.
The State of Texas.
Any animal not under restraint as defined by these Regulations.
Unincorporated Harris County:
That portion of Harris County that is not within the incorporated boundaries of a municipality, town, or village.
Veterinary Public Health:
The Veterinary Public Health Division of the Harris County Public Health Department (HCPH VPH), its employees and agents.
The species of nondomestic animals that the Commissioners Court of Harris County has determined to be dangerous and in need of control in Harris County, Texas, due to the animal’s size or nature, zoonotic health concerns or other characteristics, listed in the attached Appendix A. The list of animals may be amended from time to time as Commissioners Court finds necessary to protect human health and safety. The term “dangerous wild animal” may include animals designated as “wild animals” in these regulations and the Commissioners Court may find that a “wild animal” is also a “dangerous wild animal.”