I have a question (For Texas) regarding ferral animals. Its a felony to kill "stray cats and dogs" but when does it no longer become a felony? I have a room in my house where my three dogs sleep. Last night my basset hound was houling and I could hear the golden retriever was a bit unhappy too. We have a cat problem in our neighborhood. Actually a cat and a dog problem. People think its ok to drop animals off in the country. I have 70 acres of land which I share with two other family members. But it is my land. People drive out here from the city to release home pets, and we end up with lots of strays from time to time until winter kills them off. Well this cat was probably someones house pet as it was so determined to get in to the house it tore a hole in a screen and was on top of a book shelf in the dogs room. The dogs have a bedroom with doggy beds, a spare computer, and the hunting/fishing stuff goes in there. They dont tear anything up so its safe with them. They know the fishing means they get to run around and be dogs in teh water while I fish.
My main question is when does an animal become a nuisance so I can go ahead and take it down? Do I have to wait until it tears itself through the screen again, which was a lot more money to replace than I had thought . Hopefully a game warden checks these from time to time and can give me a heads up on how much crap I have to put up with, with peoples stray animals, before I can call them a nuisance and put them down.... This isn't the first time someones pet has torn my stuff up, because people think its ok to drop thier family pets off in the country... sorry this is partly a rant, but at what point is it a nuisance and I can down it?