Health Department


Chauncy Williams, R.E.H.S./R.S - Director 

Department of Health Services


Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 220
Ennis, TX 75120

Physical Address:
105 S. Preston Street

Ennis, TX 75119

Ph: (972) 875-6442
Fx: (972) 875-8540

Animal Control > Dog at Large

Dog at Large

  City of Ennis Department of Health Services  

Ennis City Code of Ordinances prohibits animals to run at large within the City, with the exception of cats:

Dogs  must be restrained by:

  • Leash, Tether or chain when not under control of the owner
  • Dogs are not allowed  to reach within five (5) feet of a
  • Public right-of-way, Alley, Street or Sidewalk unless the animal is securely fenced in
  • Animals must be restrianed while being transported in a motor vehicle to prevent the animal from being injured

                  Dog Tethering

The City of Ennis Animal Control wishes to remind residents of a state law that went into effect in September of 2007. This law is titled “Unlawful Restraint of Dog” and can be found in Chapter 821 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, Subchapter D, Sec. 821.077

An owner may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint that unreasonably limits the dogs movement:

  • Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM;
  • Within 500 feet of a school;
  • When the temperature is below 32 degrees;
  • When a heat advisory has been issued;
  • With a choke or pinch/prong type collar;
  • With an improperly fitting nylon collar;

A manner that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement can be one or more of the following items:

  • Using a pinch-type, prong-type, choke-type or improperly fitted collar
  • Dog is tethered within 500 feet of the premises of a school     
  • Dog’s tether is a length shorter than five times the length of the dog, as measured from the tip  of the nose to the base of the dog's tail or tether is shorter than ten (10) feet                                                                               
  • Dog is tethered in an unsafe condition
  • Tether is causing injury to the dog
If you choose to tether your dog, please ensure that the tether is at least 10 
feet in length and that the dog is not tethered within five (5) feet of a public 
right-of-way, alley, street or sidewalk.  One preferred method of tethering 
approved by State law is to tether a dog to a running line, pulley, or trolley system 
by use of a properly fitted, non-pinch, non-prong or non-choke-type collar. 
The image on the left is an example of a properly used trolley system. The image on the right 
is an example of a trolley system kit that can be purchased through local retail establighments 
and online.

If you are unsure of how to properly tether your dog, please contact the Department of 
Health Services for assistance. 

When tethering your dog, please be sure that it has access to wholesome
food, fresh water  and shelter that consists of a minimum of a three-sided 
structure with a cover or roof, and flooring protection from the ground. 
Pet carriers are not classified as adequate shelter for a dog.


              FOOD                        WATER                              SHELTER
                                                                                                      (Roof, 3 Sides and a Floor)

Please also ensure that your dog is not tethered in a manner that allows 
the dog to intrude upon the property of another person.

To report a concern, make a comment please contact the Health Department between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. M - F at 972.875.6442; visit our office at 105 S. Preston Street Ennis, Texas 75120 or by Email.  For after hours Emergencies contact the Ennis Police Department at 911.