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Pet Friendly

Dogs Deserve a Vacation, Too

Bring Your Best Friends to South Padre Island

On South Padre Island, we welcome all guests – including your pets. Don’t leave your best friends behind on your Island getaway! Bring them along, because after all, they need a vacation too.


Keeping Your Best Friends Safe and Comfortable

If you do decide to bring your pets, please make sure they’re safe by keeping them on a leash when outdoors and keep our Island beautiful by picking up after them. If you’re staying at a hotel, motel, condominium or beach house, please be sure to check with management on individual pet policies. Now go get that frisbee and start planning your Island getaway today!

Here are ordinances related to pets in the city limits of South Padre Island…


 

City Ordinances

  • Lost Pets

    Lost and homeless animals can be found at Friends of Animal Rescue. Located at 4908 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX 78597, the facility is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM.  To report an animal missing, please call (956) 772-1171.

  • Sec. 31 Livestock Prohibited

    The keeping of any livestock within the City is declared a nuisance and is prohibited and unlawful.

  • Sec. 33 Horseback riding regulated

    It is unlawful for any person to ride a horse, mule, donkey or any other animal through or
    upon the beaches or other public right-of-ways within the City limits.

  • Sec. 34 Dogs at large

    All dogs located within the City shall at all times be fenced, housed, leashed, tethered or
    in some other manner physically restrained so that they may not any time run at large within the limits of the City. Any dog found at large within the City may be impounded by any police officer or by a duly designated Health Officer and processed as provided in this Article.

  • Sec. 34.1 Dog Bite(s) and Sec. 324 Cat Bite(s)

    (A) An owner or person who has care, custody or control of an animal commits an offense if an animal bites a human being.
    (B) In this section the term bite shall mean a bite or scratch that breaks the skin.

  • Sec. 35 Owners to vaccinate dogs against rabies

    It shall be the duty of every person who owns a dog or keeps a dog in or on his premise or premises under his control within the City, to have said dog properly vaccinated against hydrophobia, commonly called “rabies”, by a competent veterinarian duly licensed to practice such profession in the State by time the animal is sixteen weeks of age and at regular intervals thereafter as prescribed by Texas Board of Health. All rabies vaccinations shall meet the requirements as set in Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 826, Subchapter C, and Texas Administrative Code Chapter 169, Subchapter A.

  • Sec. 322.1 Interference with Animal Control Officer

    No person may interfere with an Animal Control Officer while an officer is engaged in the performance of the officer’s duties.

  • Sec. 323 Cats at Large

    All cats located within the City shall at all times be fenced, housed, leashed, tethered or
    in some other manner physically restrained so that they may not any time run at large within the limits of the City. Any cat found at large within the City may be impounded by any police officer or by a duly designated Health Officer and processed as provided in this Article II regarding dogs.

  • Sec. 330 Cleaning up after Pets

    Any person owning, keeping, possessing or harboring any dog or cat shall promptly remove and dispose of all feces left by the dog or cat on any public property and on any private property not owned by such person or lawfully occupied by such person.

  • Sec. 331 Harboring Barking Dogs and Crying Cats

    It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to keep or harbor any dog which habitually barks, howls or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries or howls to the great discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood, or in such manner as to materially disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood who are of ordinary sensibilities. Such dogs and cats are hereby declared to be a public nuisance.