Estray and Rescued Animals

Denton County Sheriff’s Office will post a list of Estray and Rescued animals in the Denton Record Chronicle under Lost and Found. This information will be listed twice, and all animals are held at our livestock holding facility for 18 days.

The information provided in the paper will assist the owner in the necessary procedures to recover the animal. The citizens of Denton County may purchase or adopt an animal if not claimed by the owner. If you are missing an animal or looking for an animal, please look at the following pictures and/or descriptions.

Please Contact the Sheriff's Office, if you are the owner, or know the owner, of an animal listed on this web site. The owner of an animal may redeem this animal any time prior to sale, by providing the Sheriff's Office with an affidavit of ownership and paying all cost and fees, in the impoundment of this animal.

If the animal is not claimed, it will be listed for auction in the public notice section of the Denton Record Chronicle the Sunday before the auction which will be held at 3:00 p.m. the following Wednesday. This will be an Estray Auction conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, as provided for under the Agriculture Code Chapter 142 of the State of Texas, and the location will be listed in the auction announcement.

You may attend a Sheriff’s Estray Auction Sale by arriving at the sale site, on the day and time of sale. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Definition: An Estray Animal is an animal that is farm stock, that has strayed away from the farm. It is not an animal that is native to the area.

Estray Laws do not apply to rescued, domesticated pets, such as cats, or dogs. You can click on the link to the City of Denton Animal Shelter and view the current rescued animals that are available for adoption. Denton County currently has a Leash Law for all dogs. A leash Law means the animal must be restrained, if it is not on property belonging to the animal’s owner. If an animal is found unrestrained it will be rescued and taken to the City of Denton Animal Shelter. Please note: Denton County does not charge a fee for adopting an animal, but a fee is charged by the City of Denton to help maintain the Animal Shelter. The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone looking for a missing animal, or wanting to adopt an animal check the shelter.

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