Leash Ordinance and Animal Registration
Pets should be leashed in public places. The city reminds residents of ordinances that protect pets and people from danger. All dogs and cats 4 months and older must be registered with the City of Irving.
The cost of pet registration is $5 to $15, depending on whether the pet is sterilized and has a microchip. Access the department's instructions for pet registration.
The city’s leash law makes it illegal for animals to run free in the city limits, even with an owner present (unless at city dog park). Dogs must be restrained using a properly fitting leash, chain, collar, or harness that is being held by the owner at all times.
Pet Waste Cleanup
The city requires residents to clean up after their pets. It is against the law to allow an animal’s waste to remain in any public place or on another person’s private property. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into drainage ways and eventually into the Trinity River where it impacts recreational lakes and sources of drinking water.
The city also has a ban on unattended tethered dogs. Only responsible pet owners who maintain direct physical control are allowed to tether their dogs. This means the owner must be outside with the dog and near enough to exercise control over the animal at all times in the event it should become necessary to protect an animal or human from harm.
Residents also are reminded that it is against the law to leave an unsupervised animal in a parked vehicle. Unattended pets can be impounded.
The penalty for violating any of these city ordinances could result in a fine of up to $2,000. For more information, contact Irving Animal Services at (972) 721-2256.