Reports of stray or at-large animals may be made to the non-emergency number of the Oak Point Department of Public Safety at 972-294-0000. After receiving a call, the Oak Point Department of Public Safety will make a determination to dispatch a police officer or animal control officer.
The City contracts with All American Dogs for animal control services. These services include containing stray animals and periodically patrolling neighborhoods to enforce the City’s animal control regulations as outlined below.
Animal Control Regulations
- At-Large or Stray Animals
- Animals Disturbing the Peace
- Keeping Large Animals
- Keeping of Poultry & Fowl
- Limit on the Number of Animals
- Vicious Animals
- Wild Animals
- Animal Traps
It shall be unlawful for any owner or person in control of an animal, other than a cat, to be “at-large”. At-large means:
- Any animal that is not restrained by means of a leash or chain of sufficient strength and not more than six feet in length to control the actions of such animal while off the owner's property.
- Any animal not confined on the premises of owner by:
- A substantial fence (including electric fences) of sufficient strength and height to prevent the animal from escaping there from
- A metal chain or leash sufficient in strength to prevent the animal from escaping from the premises and so arranged that the animal will remain upon the premises and not come any closer than six feet to a public walkway or sidewalk when the restraint leash is stretched to full length
It shall be unlawful for any persons to harbor or keep on, in, or about his/her premises:
- Any cat that makes or creates an unreasonable disturbance or disrupts the peace of any persons living in the immediate vicinity by frequent or long continued noise by meowing or wailing or otherwise
- Any dog which by loud or unusual barking or howling shall cause the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or any of the occupants of adjacent premises to be disturbed
Livestock must be housed on property with at least 600 square feet for the first animal and at least 400 square feet for each additional animal. The animals must also be kept no less than 100 feet away from structure being used or occupied on another property.
Any person that owns or who is in control of any chickens, geese, turkeys or other fowl shall be keep the chickens, geese, turkeys or other fowl enclosed upon his own premises. No poultry or other fowl shall be kept in any enclosure which is nearer than 100 feet to any building being used or occupied.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep within the city limits more than three adult dogs and one litter. It shall further be unlawful for any person to keep within the city more than ten dogs whether such dogs are adults or puppies.
No fierce, dangerous, or vicious animal, whether, licensed or not, shall be allowed in the city.
The term "vicious animal" means any animal (except a dog assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties), without provocation, attacks or bites any human being or any domestic animal or which has a known history of attacking or biting human beings or animals, including a dangerous dog as defined in V.T.C.A., Health and Safety Code Chapter 822, Subchapter D.
"Vicious animals" do not include any animal which bites, attacks or menaces a trespasser on the property of its owner or harms or menaces anyone who has tormented, tortured, or exhibited cruelty to such animal.
It is unlawful to keep any wild animal inside the City.
All American Dogs will loan traps for wild animals such as Skunks, Raccoon, and Armadillos. The cost to clear the traps is $60 and is incurred by residents requesting traps. To confirm costs of traps, please contact All American Dogs.
Contact All American Dogs for more information at 972-382-3647.
The City does not offer an animal surrender (giving up a pet) service. The Metropolitan Animal Coalition provides assistance with animal surrenders.
All American Dogs provides animal control services to the City of Oak Point. As part of their daily outreach, they pickup stray animals and try to get the animals back to their owners. In cases where the owner cannot be located and the dog is adoptable, All American Dogs reaches out to both the internet community and their local communities to find loving homes.
If you have lost your pet, please check Recently Found Pets on the All American Dogs website. In addition to viewing their website, All American Dogs may be contacted at 972-382-3647.