The City of Austin enforces ordinances related to the tethering of dogs and the selling of animals within City limits.
Unrestrained Dog Prohibited
Except in public areas where restraint of a dog is not required (off-leash dog parks), an owner or handler of a dog shall keep the dog under restraint. A person holding a dog on a leash or lead shall keep the dog under control at all times.
To assist citizens and dogs using a tether as a primary means of restraint, Animal Protection has a fencing assistance program. We will accept fencing donations and offer them to citizens who need to correct their tethering violations.
Any person selling any dog or cat (including puppies and kittens) within city limits must provide the consumer information required by the City and have the animal micro-chipped. The Pet Trader must also either pay a $50 fee to the Animal Shelter or have the animal spayed or neutered.