Texas Health and Safety Code
Attack by Dog
A person commits an offense if the person is the owner of a dog and the person:
with criminal negligence, as defined by Section 6.03 (Definitions of Culpable Mental States), Penal Code, fails to secure the dog and the dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person that occurs at a location other than the owner’s real property or in or on the owner’s motor vehicle or boat and that causes serious bodily injury, as defined by Section 1.07 (Definitions), Penal Code, or death to the other person; or
knows the dog is a dangerous dog by learning in a manner described by Section 822.042 (Requirements for Owner of Dangerous Dog)(g) that the person is the owner of a dangerous dog, and the dangerous dog makes an unprovoked attack on another person that occurs at a location other than a secure enclosure in which the dog is restrained in accordance with Subchapter D and that causes serious bodily injury, as defined by Section 822.001 (Definitions), or death to the other person.
An offense under this section is a felony of the third degree unless the attack causes death, in which event the offense is a felony of the second degree.
If a person is found guilty of an offense under this section, the court may order the dog destroyed by a person listed in Section 822.004 (Destruction of Dog).
A person who is subject to prosecution under this section and under any other law may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989. Renumbered from Health & Safety Code Sec. 822.004 and amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 99, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.Amended by:Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 669 (H.B. 1355), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2007.