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Animal Control Officers employed by Fort Bend County are required to complete the Texas Department of Health's (TDH) Zoonosis Control Division Animal Control Officer (ACO) Basic Training Course.

Administrative staff have completed the basic, advanced, and administrative training courses.

These courses are designed to assist the animal control profession and to advance the knowledge, techniques, ethics, and attitudes of its members.


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Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous Dog Map

For full access to the Dangerous Dog map, please click here

Dangerous Dog FAQ

According to the Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapter 822. Subchapter-D, A dog can be considered dangerous if it:

Makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own.


Commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.

Dog Bite Incidents - Please visit FBCAS Dog Incident Management
Dangerous Dog Questions/Reports-Contact Fort Bend County Animals Services at 281-342-1512 or email at

To start the process of having a dog declared dangerous an affidavit would need to be filled out and turned into Fort Bend County Animal Services. Fort Bend Animal Services will review affidavit and start their investigation. If animal is declared dangerous, owner is notified and has 15 days to appeal determination If there is no appeal, the dangerous dog determination stands and the owner is required to comply with the regulations for having a “dangerous dog” in 30 days.

Dangerous Dog Regulations found in Section VIII of the Fort Bend County Rules, to Control Rabies and Animal Control Regulations.

These mandatory requirements are as follows:

  1. Register the dog with Animal Services and pay an annual license of $50.00
  2. Build an secure enclosure as specified by County regulations
    1. “secure enclosure” means a fenced area or structure that is:
      1. Locked;
      2. Capable of preventing the entry of the general public; including children
      3. Capable of preventing the escape of release of a dog;
      4. Clearly marked as containing a dangerous dog; and
      5. In conformance with the requirements for enclosures establish by the local animal control authority.
  3. Mark the enclosure with “Dangerous Dog”
  4. Keep dog on leash/in enclosure and under control at all times. Dog must and shall be muzzled when it is on a leash.
  5. Securely affix a tag on the dog’s collar that is labeled “Dangerous Dog”
  6. Obtain liability insurance coverage or show financial responsibility in an amount of at least $100,000 to cover damages resulting from an attack by the dangerous dog causing bodily injury to person and provide proof of the required liability insurance coverage or financial responsibility to the animal control authority for the area in which the dog is kept.
Neonatal Program

Fort Bend County Animal Services has created a program to take care of our most vulnerable population, our neonatals.  We offer fosters who would like to care for these newborn to 4 week old babies supportive care, food, crates, heating pads, etc.  For more information, please contact the shelter.

Toy Drive

Line Dance Toy Drive - 2015 and 2016
Line Dance Instructor "Sheila" and her class collected and donated toys for Houston area youth.

Unit Photos

A collage of medic unit photos.

Training Related Photos

Various photos capturing ongoing department training events

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