Estray Unit

The mission of the Travis County Sheriff's Office Estray Unit is to protect all livestock from harm, theft or from roaming at large. We will enforce all applicable laws to safeguard the welfare of the public and the livestock. The Estray Unit could better be described as the "Livestock Unit". This Unit is responsible for enforcing all applicable laws and with particular emphasis on the Livestock Laws of the State of Texas and the Texas Agriculture Code. The Texas Agriculture code defined "Estray" as stray livestock, stray exotic livestock, or stray exotic fowl. Loose livestock or Estrays are a major concern in Travis County. The estray problem creates a danger of property damage and even death on our roadways. With the continual growth in population and more cars on the roadways the problem continues to grow. The Texas Legislature has assigned the duties to the Sheriff of each county to deal with the problem. For more information dowload the Travis County STOCK LAW.

Running at Large on Highway Prohibited:

A person who owns or has responsibility for the control of a horse, mule, donkey, cow, bull, hog, sheep or goat, may not knowingly permit the animal to traverse or roam at large, unattended, on the right-of-way of a highway. Discovery of an Estray and duty to report to the Sheriff: It is also important to know that if a citizen discovers livestock on his or her property without their permission they must report the presence of the estray to the Sheriff as soon as reasonably possible. It is then the Sheriff's responsibility to attempt to identify the owner of the animal and notify them for recovery except that if it is determined that the Estray is dangerous to the public then the Estray may be immediately impounded. You can learn more about the Estray Laws by visiting:

Impound Animal - Not for Sale or Adoption:

Please visit René Bates Auctioneers to inquire about animals available for auction.

              Date          LivestockSeized AddressCase Number
09-06-16 Sorrel Miniature Stallion N FM 973 @ Richland Rd. 16-25144
09-06-16 Two Gray Jack Donkeys 19919 N FM 973 16-25128
08-23-16 Brown and White Paint Mare and a Dark Brown Mare 17412 Littig Road 16-23681
08-04-16 Young Black Angus Type Bull Cow Creek Rd. 16-21959
08-01-16 Bay Gelding w/star and two socks

22123 Silvia Dr.

07-17-16 Sorrel Stallion 16800 block of South SH 95 16-20242
07-06-16 Red & White Boer Billy Goat 21011 Trappers Trail 16-19196
06-20-16 Two Goats 21400 Blk of Webber Oaks Cove 16-17507

Animal Cruelty

If you are needing to file a report on Animal Cruelty, please contact East Command at 512-854-9721.

Leash Laws

For information on Travis County Leash Laws, please click here.



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