80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 1355, Chapter 669 Page: 3 of 6
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H.B. No. 1355
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SECTION 6. Subchapter A, Chapter 822, Health and Safety
Code, is amended by adding Sections 822.006 and 822.007 to read as
Sec. 822.006. DEFENSES. (a) It is a defense to prosecution
under Section 822.005(a) that the person is a veterinarian, a
veterinary clinic employee, a peace officer, a person employed by a
recognized animal shelter, or a person employed by this state or a
political subdivision of this state to deal with stray animals and
has temporary ownership, custody, or control of the dog in
connection with that position.
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under Section 822.005(a)
that the person is an employee of the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice or a law enforcement agency and trains or uses dogs for law
enforcement or corrections purposes and is training or using the
dog in connection with the person's official capacity.
(c) It is a defense to prosecution under Section 822.005(a)
that the person is a dog trainer or an employee of a guard dog
company under Chapter 1702, Occupations Code, and has temporary
ownership, custody, or control of the dog in connection with that
(d) It is a defense to prosecution under Section 822.005(a)
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. 80th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 1355, Chapter 669, legislative document, 2007-04/2007-06; [Austin, Texas]. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth154737/m1/3/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.