General Information
R.E.H.S./R.S – Director
Chauncy Williams
(972) 875-8540
Phone Numbers
(972) 875-6444
Fax: (972) 875-8540
Emergencies: Dial 911
105 S. Preston Street

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Animal Welfare

An animal owner may not leave any animal in any standing or parked vehicle in a way as to endanger the animal's health, safety or welfare.

  • A Health Official, Animal Control Officer or Police Officer is authorized to use reasonable force, including the breaking a side window, to remove an animal from a vehicle whenever it appears the animal's health, safety or welfare is or soon will be endangered.
  • An owner may not fail to provide an animal in their care with sufficient good and wholesome food, water and adequate housing protection from the weather.
  • No person may beat, cruelly treat, torment, mentally abuse, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal.

Texas Health and Safety Code prohibits a person from intentionally, knowingly or recklesly cruelly treating an animal.


State Law defines the following actions as cruelty to animals:

Torturing an animal; Failing to provide food, care or shelter; Abandoning an animal; Transporting or confining an animal in a cruel manner; Killing, seriously injuring or poisoning an animal; Causing an animal to fight with another; Using a live animal as a lure in a dog race; Tripping a horse; Injuring an animal belonging to another person; Seriously overworking an animal.

We Conduct Animal Welfare Inspections & Investigations:

If you feel that a problem may exist related to an animal's safety or welfare please contact us at 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 St. Ennis, Texas 75119 or by Email .

For after hours Emergencies you may contact the Ennis Police Department by dialing 911.

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You may face possible imprisionment and fines if you contribute to any of the following criminal offenses...

NOT Providing...