State Pet Shop Laws: Texas
- Animal: every living dumb creature. (TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 821.001)
- Pet store: a retail store that sells animals as pets. (TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 81.351)
Food and Water:
- License not required.
- Pet store operators that sell reptiles must post a sign warning of salmonella and give a written warning of salmonella to reptile buyers. (Penalty: max $500 per month fine) (TEX. HEALTH & SAFETY CODE ANN. § 81.352) [See TEX. ADMIN. CODE tit. 25, § 169.121 for related regulations.]
- [See TEX. ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 54.1, TEX. ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 54.2, TEX. ADMIN. CODE tit. 4, § 57.12 for record-keeping requirements of bird dealers.]
- Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
- The definition of “animal” may actually be broadly written while the types of animals covered by the law (e.g., veterinary care, sanitation, food and water) may be more narrowly drafted.