About Animal Control

The City of Abernathy has Animal Control Ordinances in place to ensure that both animals and citizens are protected. To view the City of Abernathy Ordinances that pertain to Animal Control, please visit www.ecode360.com/40130531.

The City of Abernathy enforces State of Texas rabies vaccination requirements; The state of Texas requires that dogs and cats be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age and on a 1 year or 3 year basis thereafter depending on the type of vaccine used.

 Dog at Large: It is unlawful for an owner or person in control of an animal to fail to keep the animal in a securely enclosed or confined area and in a manner that will isolate the animal from the public and other animals, except for animals under restraint while walking or under direct the control of the owner.

Reminders

Please ensure your pet has a collar with a current rabies vaccination tag and your contact information.  This will aid the City in reuniting you with your pet.

 

Denial or Revocation of Registration

An Animal Control Officer may deny or revoke registration for an animal owned by a person who has been convicted of a violation against chapter 2- Animal Control Ordinance within any twelve (12) month period, or had the same animal impounded three (3) or more times within any twelve (12) month period:

Animal Control Fees (as of 12/02/2022)

Neuter
Male Dog (by weight) 6 months or older
Small – under 25 lbs.
$160
Medium – 25-50 lbs.
$165
Large – over 50 lbs.
$175
Male Cat 4 months or older
$130 *Male Cat MUST stay overnight for observation
Spay
Female Dog (by weight) 6 months or older
Small – under 25 lbs.
$185
Medium – 25-50 lbs.
$210
Large – over 50 lbs.
$240 *Female dogs in heat will have a higher fee.
Female Cat 4 months or older
$185 *Female Cat MUST stay overnight for observation. Female cats in heat will have a higher fee.
(Per City Ordinance: All Animals within Abernathy City Limits MUST be registered with the City and issued a City registration tag number.)
City Registration License Tag
$5
(Per State Law: All dogs and cats older than 4 months MUST be vaccinated and remain current on their Rabies Vaccinations) 
Rabies Vaccination
$21

All spaying, neutering, and vaccines performed by Hill Veterinary Services.

Helpful Reminder:

It shall be unlawful for a person, firm, or corporation to remove, build, erect, or construct any building or structure within the city without first applying at city hall for a permit. A violation constitutes a misdemeanor and subject to a fine.
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