Texas Health and Safety Code

Sec. § 821.025
Appeal


(a)

An owner divested of ownership of an animal under Section 821.023 (Hearing; Order of Disposition or Return of Animal) may appeal the order to a county court or county court at law in the county in which the justice or municipal court is located.

(b)

As a condition of perfecting an appeal, not later than the 10th calendar day after the date the order is issued, the owner must file a notice of appeal and a cash bond or surety bond in an amount set by the court under Section 821.023 (Hearing; Order of Disposition or Return of Animal)(e-2).

(c)

Not later than the fifth calendar day after the date the notice of appeal and bond is filed, the court from which the appeal is taken shall deliver a copy of the clerk’s record to the clerk of the county court or county court at law to which the appeal is made.

(d)

Not later than the 10th calendar day after the date the county court or county court at law, as appropriate, receives a copy of the clerk’s record, the court shall consider the matter de novo and dispose of the appeal. A party to the appeal is entitled to a jury trial on request.

(e)

The decision of the county court or county court at law under this section is final and may not be further appealed.

(f)

Notwithstanding Section 30.00014 (Appeal), Government Code, or any other law, a person filing an appeal from a municipal court under Subsection (a) is not required to file a motion for a new trial to perfect an appeal.

(g)

Notwithstanding any other law, a county court or a county court at law has jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed under this section.

(h)

While an appeal under this section is pending, the animal may not be:

(1)

sold or given away as provided by Sections 821.023 (Hearing; Order of Disposition or Return of Animal) and 821.024 (Sale or Disposition of Cruelly Treated Animal); or

(2)

destroyed, except under circumstances which would require the humane destruction of the animal to prevent undue pain to or suffering of the animal.
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1043, Sec. 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1351 (S.B. 408), Sec. 11(a), eff. September 1, 2009.
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1278 (H.B. 963), Sec. 4, eff. September 1, 2011.
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