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In Texas, is it against the law to leave a dog by itself in

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In Texas, is it against the law to leave a dog by itself in a parked car with the windows rolled down slightly for air? Is it a crime only after a certain period of time has elapsed and if so, how long is that? Is it a crime only if the outdoor temperature has reached a certain point (i.e. too hot or too cold) with the assumption there is no climate control device in operation in the car while it is parked and turned off?

Hello Mike/John,

My name isXXXXX a licensed attorney (State Bar of Texas).

Glad to try and help out. I'm pleased to share the following information.

Here's how this works. No, the conduct you mentioned (none of it) is unlawful per se. Texas has no statute addressing leaving animals (dogs or otherwise) in a vehicle, period. None. This is unlike a number of other jurisdictions, but it's true. What we do have, however, is a general "animal cruelty" law. If you want to see how that works, here's the best source to check out:

Lopez v. State, 720 S.W.2d 201 (Tex. App. 1986)

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I truly hope all works out for you.

Take care,

Ben, J.D.

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Ben, J.D.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks for your helpful information. I have no additional questions at present.

Hi Mike/John,

Thank you so much for the kindness of your favorable rating, which I greatly appreciate!
You're quite welcome. It was my pleasure entirely to be of help.
Kind regards,

Ben, J.D.