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RULE §573.77 Sterilization of Animals from Releasing Agencies

Published: 2015

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(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when
used in this section, shall have the following meanings, unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise:
  (1) Releasing agency--a public or private animal pound,
shelter, or humane organization. This term does not include an individual
who occasionally renders humane assistance or shelter in the individual's
home to a dog or cat.
  (2) Animal--a dog or cat.
  (3) Microchip--a transponder that is placed under an
animal's skin by an injector and can be read by a microchip scanner.
  (4) Tattoo--a permanent etching formed by injecting
ink into the basal layer of the epidermis of an animal.
(b) Sterilization required. A new owner of an animal
released from a releasing agency must have the animal sterilized in
accordance with Chapter 828, Health and Safety Code.
(c) Identification markers. An animal sterilized under
this section must be identified by a microchip and/or a tattoo indicating
that it has been sterilized.
  (1) A new owner of an animal with a microchip shall
be responsible for providing information to the data base registry
of the microchip manufacturer indicating that the animal has been
  (2) A tattoo must:
    (A) be placed on the inside of the animal's thigh near
the abdomen or on the caudal-ventral abdomen;
    (B) be imprinted with ink that is manufactured in the
United States;
    (C) meet the standards of the federal Food and Drug
Administration for tattooing;
    (D) be of a contrasting color to the predominant color
of the skin in which it is tattooed; and
    (E) consist of the universal symbol for male or female
overlain by a slash through the circle to indicate sterilization.

Source Note: The provisions of this §573.77 adopted to be effective June 14, 2012, 37 TexReg 4229