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:
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:
A manner that unreasonably limits the dog’s movement can be one or more of the following items:
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 establishments 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. REQUIRED...
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 St. Ennis, Texas 75119 or by Email . For after hours Emergencies contact the Ennis Police Department at 911.