|(a) Declaration. The Executive Commissioner of the
Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) declares a statewide rabies
(1) Statewide quarantine. The area is defined by the
borders of the State of Texas.
(2) It is illegal to transport animals subject to the
statewide rabies quarantine from, to, or within the State of Texas.
(3) Animals subject to the statewide rabies quarantine
include any live species of fox, skunk, coyote, or raccoon indigenous
or naturalized to North America.
(4) Transport exceptions. Animals subject to the statewide
rabies quarantine may be transported by peace officers and individuals
hired or contracted by local, state, or federal government agencies
to deal with stray animals when such transport is a part of their
official duty. These animals may also be transported by employees
of zoos or other institutions accredited by the Association of Zoos
and Aquariums when such transport is part of their official duty;
educators permitted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for
educational display; rehabilitators permitted by the Texas Parks and
Wildlife Department; an entity issued authorization for nuisance fur-bearing
animal relocation from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; and
pest management professionals licensed by the Texas Department of
Agriculture. If an exempt individual transports such animals for release,
the animals must be released within a ten-mile radius or within ten
miles of the city limits of where they were originally captured and
the release must be within the county in which they were originally
(b) Executive Commissioner of the HHSC's designee.
The Executive Commissioner of the HHSC's designee is the commissioner
of the Department of State Health Services, whom the Executive Commissioner
of the HHSC appoints to act as his or her designee as described in
the Texas Health and Safety Code, §826.045.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §169.34 adopted to be effective May 17, 1995, 20 TexReg 3332; amended to be effective February 21, 1996, 21 TexReg 963; amended to be effective July 12, 1998, 23 TexReg 7224; amended to be effective December 20, 2007, 32 TexReg 9341; amended to be effective March 31, 2013, 38 TexReg 1994