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State Pet Shop Laws: Texas

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Definitions:

  • 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)

Vet Care:

  • N/A

Housing:

  • N/A

Lemon Laws:

  • N/A

Food and Water:

  • N/A

Sanitary Conditions:

  • N/A

Unweaned Animals:

  • N/A

Miscellaneous Provisions:

  • 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.]

Notes:

  1. Where “adequate space” is not defined the state has not established a definition for the term.
  2. 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.

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